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Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup


 Perhaps the app I use the most is Words with Friends. To keep things interesting, my Aunt Dana (the one with all the dogs, cats, and horses) suggested we play a Mad-Libs style of Words with Friends where we use our word with context.

Things got humorous quickly, as you can see:

He pokes his nose into his tumultuous past and never learns better than to do so.

He dreams of his racy past and her racy behavior, and in his dreams, she is his jo {Scottish word for sweetheart}

He recognized that if it weren’t for his love of beer, their life together could’ve grown into a picture-perfect fairytale.

But it was too late to reconcile the relationship and jo would no longer love him that deeply again.

He was condemned to online love bytes for  the rest of his pitiful life. Poor guy.

The heartache and sting of rejection left him alone as ever as the years passed and he continued on the bottle and pursuing racy women in sketchy bars.


 He even took to carrying a bottle of whiskey in his hip pocket, which even racy women found unattractive.

On his brother’s death bed, he has made a pact to quit his drinking but never had the strength…until he found solace in yoga.

“Oh bah!” he said to his addiction, “Oh bah!”, he said to the memory of the alias, wild, sexy woman. “Free at last, free at last; thank God Almighty, I’m free at last!” But alas, it was March and he missed Black History Month.

As an immigrant he came to America by way of ships, but his interest in the history of all races was the same.

This, however, is not the end of our story…

He smelled an off-putting fume which he realized was coming from his own person. So he…

…ran the gamut of possible causes in his mind.

His thoughts ran wild and when he finally looked down he saw a huge flame coming from his toe.


He decided then and there it was time to seek professional advice. What he couldn’t decide was whether to see a doctor or a priest.

So naturally he went to the raider of the night – werewolves.

He thought a werewolf face and hair suit would fix all of his problems (plus cover his stench); his hopes were dashed yet again when he werewolf expert did not have a suit in his size.

He quit fooling himself. He grabbed his face paint and headed straight for the zoo.

The children at the zoo thought the paint was a toy, though, and took it from him.

Before he chased the kids for his paint, he stopped to tend to the lions, dolphins, and gorillas.

And…that’s where we’re at. More fun than I thought 😉 Plus, then your opponent can’t cheat as easily, using words they can’t use in a sentence!! Hate cheaters 😉

I don’t however hate cheat meals. I copied what I love about the cook at work’s bean soup and made this version. It was seriously good and so simple to make.



Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup  adapted from Mom, What’s for Dinner? and Food.com

1 1/2 cups dried navy beans
3 celery ribs, diced
1/2  sweet onion, diced
1 cube chicken bouillon, crumbled
1 (15 oz) can great northern beans (undrained)
1 (15 oz) can low-sodium chicken broth
8 oz 98% fat-free, reduced sodium, lean ham, finely diced
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp garlic powder
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp pepper


Soak dried beans in plenty of water overnight at room temperature. Drain beans and transfer to a crock pot; add enough water to cover the beans with about 1 inch of water (doesn’t have to be exact).

Add the remaining ingredients to the crock pot; stir. Cook on low for 9-12 hours (the longer the better). Stir before serving hot.

Yield: 6 servings (about 1 1/3 cup each)

Nutrition Information (per serving): 208 calories; 2.3 g. fat; 17 mg. cholesterol; 921 mg. sodium; 36.5 g. carbohydrate; 15.7 g. fiber; 19.5 g. protein; 3.5 g. sugar

Result: This was so good, especially the leftovers…the longer this soup sits, the better it gets. I especially love that you can cook the soup ALL day in the crock pot – the longer the better. Other than the sodium content, this soup is insanely healthy — packed with fiber, low in fat, and generous in protein. This will stick to your ribs!



Be well,


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  1. Jenn
    March 8, 2013 / 8:41 am

    Great looking soup, Nicole! Any tips on adapting it to being vegetarian? Would that ham be missed? Any recommendations to bulk it up?

    • Nicole, RD
      March 8, 2013 / 9:18 am

      Hi Jenn! I would leave out the ham and perhaps add another can of beans. Use vegetable bouillon, too. It’d be great without the ham, no worries! The beans are SUPER filling and the canned beans make it just a bit “creamy” ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Biz
    March 8, 2013 / 4:41 pm

    I made a black bean soup today – it was vegetarian and I added my homemade refried beans (made without oil!) to thicken it up without meat, that its a Lenten Friday. Everyone at worked loved it! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Happy Friday – enjoy your weekend!

  3. Joanne
    March 9, 2013 / 8:00 am

    I think I would play words with friends more if it were always mad lib style! I need to get the boyfriend in on this. It would make the workday much more interesting. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love how comfort-full this soup is!

  4. Samantha Angela
    March 20, 2013 / 9:38 am

    Made it last night (sans ham) and it turned out awesome. I didn’t put much water so I would get more of a bean ragout or a baked bean consistency.

  5. Cindy
    March 20, 2013 / 6:33 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. I turned the crockpot on as I was going to bed and it was ready in the morning . It was so great to wake up and the only thing to do was dish it out so I could take it for my lunch at work!

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  7. Bunny
    March 2, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe Nicole. My hubby was just requesting a navy bean and ham soup but it sounded way too fattening. So I did a little research and ended up at your awesome site! I shared your recipe on my blog at http://www.theorganicrabbit.com. I’ve decided to start a “Slow Cooker Sunday” series and your recipe is the first in the series. I really look forward to seeing what other healthy recipes you have. Thanks again.

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  11. Dottie Sager
    October 25, 2019 / 4:28 pm

    you say 11/3 servings what does that mean.. and beside that it says 6 servings. Would love to make this but have to know the servings in order to calculate my calories for the day.

    • Nicole Morrissey
      October 25, 2019 / 4:37 pm

      Dottie: The recipe makes 6 servings that are each 1.33 (1 and 1/3 cups). Here the nutrition info per serving based on that: 208 calories; 2.3 g. fat; 17 mg. cholesterol; 921 mg. sodium; 36.5 g. carbohydrate; 15.7 g. fiber; 19.5 g. protein; 3.5 g. sugar. It’s all in the post, I just checked ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know if you have any other questions ๐Ÿ™‚

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