Summer Dream Weaver Soup

May 30, 2011


I know soup in the summer is a tad unorthodox and perhaps completely nutso, but it had to be done.


Just look at all that color. Totally loony tunes.


Speaking of crazy, don’t you just love people who use zany expressions in conversation? I feel like I never do it, so I really appreciate the colorful comic element it adds to banter.  I was at a Memorial Day cook out and made a new friend who told me about a girl she knows who uses phrases like “dream weaver” to describe ideal situations. Something along the lines of, “So, it turns out that the guy I’ve been obsessing over for ages has been obsessing over me too and asked me out on a date! Dream weaver!”  Or, “My first choice school offered me a ginormous scholarship and a trip to Disneyland. Dream weaver.” Whoever came up with the expression, it’s crazy but beautiful. Crazy beautiful, just like this soup.

Ingredients: (makes 4 servings)

1 cup diced purple onion

1 clove minced garlic

1 diced red, orange, or yellow bell pepper

1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and chopped fine

2 cups vegetable stock

1 can pinto beans, drained

1 can black beans, drained

1 can petite diced tomatoes

zest and juice of 1 lime

1 bunch of  finely chopped cilantro

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoon olive oil

Directions: In a large soup pot heat the oil, onions and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent and fragrant. Next, add the beans, cumin, jalapeno, and bell pepper. Cook for about three minutes, until the vegetables become tender. Then, add the tomatoes, veggie stock, salt, lime zest and juice, and cilantro. There should be enough stock to cover the veggies. If not, add a bit more or a splash of water. Cover with a good fitting lid and bring to a boil. Then reduce and let the soup simmer for about 15 minutes.

Serve with lime, sliced avocado and purple cabbage for garnish.


These make the perfect compliment.


Ah, dream weaver.


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Claudia August 8, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I made this tonight! I doubled the recipe, added spinach and carrots, all three types of peppers, and white beans (and used chicken broth for any meat eaters… and five cloves of garlic). The avocado was perfect with it and I shredded a little cheese on the top. It was very delicious! I only ate a bowl and am bringing the rest to my boyfriend’s parents’ tomorrow. Thank you for the recipe.


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods August 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm

You are most welcome! Glad you enjoyed.


kate June 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm

i made this last night after seeing it on the site yesterday- flavorful, and light yet filling!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Wonderful! I’m so glad you liked it! :)


Bakerbynature May 31, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I love soup, even in the summer; it seems to comfort my soul on days I need some extra warmth.


Dawn May 31, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I love the whole premise of your blog. I need to keep it simple more often and try this dish!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods May 31, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Thank you, Dawn! You’re so sweet! :)


Mary @ Bites and Bliss May 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm

YUM!! That soup’s sooo colorful, it looks delicious. Even better that it’s packed with stuff rather than mostly broth.


birdie to be May 31, 2011 at 3:03 pm

These colors are so vibrant. This looks amazing!


Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy May 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm

1. That soup looks AHmayzing. Want. Now.
2. I love that phrase and am totally using it.
3. I often pop little one-liners in my conversations as I find it adds a little pizzazz, and who doesn’t like pizzazz?
4. Adding the chips, avacado & lime…genius. Dream weaver! :)


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods May 31, 2011 at 3:03 pm

LOL! Love that you pop one-liners in convos. So fun!


Homer May 31, 2011 at 11:16 am

It’s a rainbow of healthy goodness!


brandi May 31, 2011 at 9:33 am

that looks delicious! So colorful :)


Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 31, 2011 at 8:30 am

Love that expression, I’ve certainly never heard it before! Wonderful looking summer soup.


Jenny May 31, 2011 at 2:19 am

Yum! That looks healthy and delish!


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit May 30, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Loony tunes is right, but I LOVE it! Your soup is so colorful! Our rule at home: there are no rules! If you feel like soup, we have soup. Even if it’s 40C.


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods May 31, 2011 at 8:01 am

Love that rule! ;)


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