Supreme Bean Soup



1 pound bag of small white navy beans
1/3 cup of olive oil
1 large onion chopped
½ green pepper chopped
2 medium tomatoes diced fine
2 sticks of celery chopped
2 sticks of carrots chopped fine
3-4 garlic cloves minced
½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon curry powder
¼ teaspoon black cumin seed powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper



Sort and wash beans, removing any dirt, rocks, and fragmented beans. Soak beans with about a tablespoon of baking soda overnight or about 8 hours. After soaking the beans, bring them to a boil, and skim off white foam formed above water. This foam is made from the outer coating of the bean combined with protein. Together these chemicals cause gas build up in the body and should be removed. Cook the beans, covered on medium, for approximately 90 minutes. When ready, beans will start splitting and can be mashed with a spoon. Add onion, green pepper, tomatoes, celery, carrots, and garlic. Add oil. Add Italian seasoning, curry powder, and black cumin seed powder. Add salt. Add pepper. Stir contents well, and cook on medium for approximately 60 minutes. When complete beans can be easily mashed with a spoon. This dish can either be presented in its original form, or pureed in a blender and then served.

The Nation of Islam was one of the first Black radical movements in the U.S. to focus on the diet in Black life. The Nation’s dietary edicts were conceived and presented by the group’s leader, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Among these edicts was the removal of pork and pork by-products from one’s diet, increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, recognition of food preparation as a form of empowerment, and the practice of eating one meal a day. To some, these are stringent dietary rules. However, many of Mr. Muhammad’s suggestions are, decades later, upheld by nutritionists and athletes as ways to lose excess body fat and strengthen the immune system. The navy bean was a staple food in Mr. Muhammad’s diet.
— Otabenga Jones & Associates