Easiest Black Bean Soup

This black bean soup from Gimme Some Oven (one of the food blogs I check daily) could not be easier or more delicious. In fact, I think I’ll have it for lunch again today! It’s as simple as opening a can of black beans and a jar of salsa and throwing them into a pot – practically! It’s got to be good for you too! Black beans, salsa, some seasoning, and whatever toppings you like to throw on. Even with the dollops of sour cream that I put on mine, I still feel really good about eating this for lunch.


If I were you, I’d make a batch of this on Sunday, and bring it to work for lunch for the rest of the week. Just sayin’.

What to Watch This Weekend

Happy Friday! In case you are looking for some entertainment this weekend, I wanted to tell you about a really amazing documentary we watched last night. It’s called Alive Inside (click here to see the trailer) and it exposes the power that music has with dementia patients. Incredibly touching, thought-provoking, and sweet – and it’s streaming on Netflix! Makes you want to get out and start volunteering, or at least hug your grandparent!

And if you need something warm and comforting to eat while you watch, let me recommend this Pepperjack Potato Soup from Iowa Girl Eats. It’s got a little kick from the pepperjack cheese, but it is so so good. We were all licking our bowls last night and proclaimed this recipe to be “McCleary Approved”.

Have a great weekend!

Wild Rice Soup

It’s official. My blood has thinned and I’m a big baby about the cold. It’s 60 degrees in our house right now and I have been physically shivering for the last couple of hours at my computer.


You know what saved me though? Leftover Chicken Wild Rice Soup from our dinner last night!


While the girls and I were eating pretty terrible fried food and listening to the Swon Brothers at the Coastal Carolina Fair last night, Ryan was whipping this soup up for us. Just the perfect thing when you’ve been freezing sitting on ice cold bleachers in the dark outside for the past couple of hours!

I’m not sure what it is about this soup – the white wine that gives it extra depth, the rotisserie chicken that melts in your mouth, or maybe it’s the fact that you don’t use any heavy cream so the level of guilt you experience while slurping is diminished. Whatever it is, this recipe is a keeper and I’m going to keep eating it all week until I can finally warm up!