On the plus side, we were able to go to an aquarium the day before and Mr. N made friends with a beluga whale! Said whale was very friendly and would sit by the glass, watching the aquarium visitors. Mr. N decided that he would "nom"/bite at the beluga only to have the whale open its mouth as wide as possible right back at him! I got to pet a shark, which has allowed me to cross something off my bucket list**. Woohoo!
|I've named the whale "orly?"|
*Preview: The desk clerk insulted my husband's appearance. To his face. Yeah.
**Truth: I only put "pet a shark" on my bucket list after I had already petted the shark.
Black Bean Soup
4-15.5 oz. cans black beans
1-16 oz. jar salsa (I <3 Newman's Own Tequila Lime flavor)
1-14.5 oz. can chicken broth
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
Open all of the cans of beans and pour contents (including liquid) into a large pot. Using a potato masher, slightly mash the beans. Make sure not to over mash; you want the beans to be smoothER, but not completely smooth. Stir in salsa, chicken broth, and spices. Over medium heat, bring the soup to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer an additional 30 minutes.
Just before serving, stir in cilantro.
Top individual bowls of soup with cheese and/or sour cream, if desired. For a heartier meal, serve with quesadillas.