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Healthy & Delicious: Black Bean Soup

Editor's note: On Mondays, Kristen Swensson Sturt of Cheap, Healthy, Good swings by these parts to share healthy and delicious recipes with us. Take it away, Kristen!

[Photograph: Kristen Swensson Sturt]

Maintaining a healthy diet is difficult under any circumstances. When you're moving, it's nearly impossible. Your home is a mess, your cooking gear is packed, and takeout is just so much easier.

And you know what? That's OK. During major upheavals, it's okay to deviate from the normal scheme of things, and your eating patterns are no exception. Go ahead and order that pizza. Get the General Tso's combo platter. Indulge in an extra California roll. You'll need the energy, anyway.

However, if you'd like to maintain some semblance of health during a move, this black bean soup is a stellar option. Adapted from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything, it's excellent under any circumstances, but particularly good for movers. Here's why:

That last one sounds minor, but trust me; after hauling 90 packed-to-capacity boxes up three flights of stairs, any relief is welcome relief.

Having made some version of this particular soup multiple times, I find I like it better with less broth, fewer onions, an added shallot, and more beans. Those changes are reflected below, as is the inclusion of pink beans, which were added for variety (and, honestly, because I only had one can of black beans). For added fun, top it with a fried egg, cilantro, sour cream, or any food you need to use up before Operation Packing Tape.

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