I have a new obsession…

Meet:  hickory smoked sea salt.

Found at:  Short Pump Whole Foods.

Imagine the smell of a fireplace crackling away on a cold winter night… smoky, cozy and wonderful… 

Now bottle that up.

Wow.  Just wow 😛

This sea salt is mainly used to flavor cuts of meat, however yesterday I found out that this sea salt is also a great way to achieve “smokiness” in a meatless dish!

Perhaps an even better way than adding meat itself (yea, it’s THAT good) 😉

Smoky Vegan Bean Soup

I used dried beans, which do take some more time & dedication than their canned counterparts.

And are usually not meant for a busy weeknight.

But are just perfecttttt for a slower weekend 🙂

Their texture and flavor far surpasses the canned version… ahhh if only I could use them all the time!

And by the way, soaking beans overnight is wayyyyy too long.  6 hours is all you need 😀

  • 1 cup dried pink beans, soaked & cooked  (or 1 can of your favorite beans)
  • 2 carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp hickory smoked sea salt
  • black pepper
  • water
  • 1 tblsp olive oil

Start by chopping up your green pepper, carrot and onion.

Then add to a hot pot with the olive oil, cooking for about 10 minutes (covered) over medium until the veggies start to soften. 

Add some water as necessary.

Chop your zucchini, tomato and garlic.

Then add them into the mix, cooking another 5 minutes or so.

Now season with the hickory smoked sea salt and black pepper (to taste).

You may begin to feel like a you’re living Little House on the Prairie style as the smell of wood burning begins to fill your kitchen.


Ahhh it’s a wonderful feeling 😀

At this point you’re ready to add your beans, which if using dried, have already been soaked and cooked.

Cover this mixture with water and let simmer, covered, for 30-45 minutes or until all the veggies are soft and the flavors have blended.

Serve yourself up a piping hot bowl of this smoky soup and get ready to be happy happy!

The creamy beans with the smoky flavors just turned into something magical 😀

If you live near Whole Foods, or any other store that sells specialty sea salts, I’d HIGHLY recommend picking up some of this stuff.  It’s amazing!

Alongside you’re definitely going to need some bread too…

Red pepper and onion fougasse, you still amaze me.

Did you see yesterday’s foodie adventures?

This bread doesn’t stand a chance in this house.

Well off to do Sunday stuff.  Whatever that is – day is still up in the air!  Thinking there will be some UNC vs. Duke action goin’ on though <— go UNC!!! (Sorry Uncle Donnie! 😉 )

Enjoy your Sunday friends!


  1. I love a good bean and veggie soup- cheap and tasty! We’re watching Duke/UNC now too! But Josh is rooting for Duke. Enjoy your Sunday

  2. That looks so amazing and comforting right now. The smoked salt sounds fabulous.

  3. I’m honestly not a fan of “smoked” – very odd!

    That soup and bread does look amazing – I was in NC for the weekend and everywhere we went it was basketball basketball basketball – and fans with their respective shirts on. Crazy!

  4. This soup looks delicious Stephanie!! And the fougasse- yes please!!!!

    Hope your week is off to a great start.

  5. Stephanie, I am definitely trying this! That salt sounds fantastic! 🙂

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