Rachael Ray officially made me feel like I could cook again after having children. There was a time that I felt like I'd never be able to get into the kitchen and actually make a meal, let alone enjoy my baking again. I started watching the Food Network while I nursed my oldest and found her 30 minute meals and loved them. I loved them so much that I received several of her cookbooks the next Christmas. One of them is called "Express Lane Meals". I fell particularly in love with the "meals for the exhausted" section of the book. That is where this particular recipe comes from and it's about as easy as you can get, she calls it a "chop, drop and open" recipe. It doesn't taste like a quick and easy recipe - big flavor and very satisfying. I stumbled on the greatest accompaniment to it as well, lime flavored tortilla chips. Talk about a match made in heaven!
Enjoy a hearty bowl of this soup tonight!
Rachael Ray's Smoky Black Bean & Rice Stoup