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Healthy, quick, vegan eats: Black Bean Miso Soup and Kale and Avocado Salad

by JL Fields on November 23, 2012

I am oh-so-thankful!

Thankful for you, my readers new and old, who have joined me on this journey to live more compassionately.

I am thankful for friends like Gena

who won’t let me move from New York without squeezing in a quick juice and lots of hugs on a holiday.

Thankful for a husband – not a vegan – who insisted that our last Thanksgiving in New York should be spent at a vegan restaurant.

Thankful for this incredible Thanksgiving meal.

Cocktail, bread with sweet potato butter and cranberries, grilled artichokes , beet salad, walnut-crusted seitan, and sweet potato pie. My gratitude, Candle 79, for feeding me so well over the years.


After a beautiful day of gratitude, love, friendship and delicious food it’s back to reality. We are hitting the road for Colorado Monday.  Things have been nutty and I haven’t been doing too terribly much in the kitchen. But when the going gets stressful the stressed go simple.

I made this soup in five minutes during a very busy work day.

Easy Black Bean Miso Soup

by JL Fields @ JL goes Vegan

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 1 15-ounce black beans, rinsed and drained (or 1 1/2 cup cooked beans)
  • 1 1/2 cup miso broth (I used an organic, prepared, Whole Foods-brand broth)
  • 1 cup homemade stewed tomatoes (or canned stewed tomatoes, just be sure to add some great spices to liven it up)


  1. Bring all three ingredients to a boil in a sauce pan.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for five minutes.


If you prefer to use miso instead of packaged miso broth, simply use 1 1/2 cups water in the recipe. After the soup comes to a boil, spoon 3/4 cup broth into a measuring cup, add 1 teaspoon miso, mix well, and pour back into the saucepan.)

I made this salad – in less than five minutes – for brunch on Thanksgiving morning.

Kale and Avocado Salad

by JL Fields @ JL goes Vegan

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 1 bunch curly kale
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds


  1. Wash kale and pat dry. Place in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Scoop the avocado out of the peel, remove the pit, and massage the avocado into the kale (use your hands!).
  3. Add Bragg’s Liquid Aminos and mix well.
  4. Sprinkle the hemp seeds over the salad and lightly toss.
  5. Serve right away or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

I am thankful for the simplicity of eating compassionately and well.

I hope that today you find yourself full of gratitude, too.

  • I was so thankful to see you and Dave yesterday, and I am thankful for your friendship and everything about you EVERY day. See you SOON, love. xo

    • JL

      I particularly love that I saw you TWICE! Girlfriend time in CO sooooooon! xo

  • You two are so freaking adorable!! Love that photo. And your husband is definitely a sweetie (but then again, the food at Candle 79 is so stellar, who *wouldn’t* want to eat there, vegan or no vegan?!). 😀 So glad you had such a fabulous sendoff. BEST WISHES on the move! Sending you smooth-move vibes and lots of hugs to transport you quickly, smoothly and safely to Colorado. And I hope they all know how lucky they are to have you coming their way! xo

    • JL

      Thank you, Ricki, for the well wishes … I need them! xo

  • Love the simplicity!!!

    • JL

      @google-8248d3682ea2b9f4f80538c6255dde68:disqus , thanks!

  • Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, JL! I’m so jealous that you get to see Gena, but so glad to know people like you guys are out there somewhere 😉

    Good luck with your journey and I look forward to what you share along the way!

    • JL

      @twitter-334811425:disqus I feel very lucky to have Gena in my life! She’s the real deal. And thank you so much for the well wishes – I will most certainly try to do mini-updates from the road! 🙂

  • Chad McCullough

    I’m working on moving to Veganism (after being a Vegetarian for more than 20 years) and your site has been very helpful and extremely interesting. Keep up the great work and thanks for all you do! 🙂

    • JL

      @google-adaed8fe917b7c89b616986beb616b11:disqus I am so glad – and thank you! Please let me know if I can help!

      • Chad McCullough

        I will. Thanks!! 🙂

  • I am all for quick meals and these look both delicious and quick 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving, too!

    • JL

      @bitesizedthoughts:disqus Yes, SO easy! Let me know if you try them!

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