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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Spectacular Split Pea Soup

When I was younger I loathed peas.  One day while visiting a cousin my aunt cooked split pea soup and surprisingly I liked it - even at 8 or 9 years old.  Now that I'm older and much wiser I realize it is one of the most nutrient dense foods available.  It abounds with fiber and for those veggie people that squirm when cornered with the question, "Where do you get your protein!?!?,"  this is an awesome rebuttal! Split pea soup has about 16 grams of protein and 16 grams of fiber in a one cup serving! Boo YA!

Split pea soup is easy to make:

Ingredients

1 pound of split peas (soaked overnight, drained and rinsed)
1 cup of chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup of chopped potatoes (optional)
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp black pepper
1 bay leaf
Sufficient water to cover peas by 2-3 inches
salt

Directions:
Bring peas to a boil and simmer for 45 minutes.  While simmering sweat the carrots and celery for 2-3 minutes.  Add all other ingredients to the pot and continue to simmer until peas are tender.  Add water as needed to create the consistency that you prefer.  Remove bay leaf before serving.  Salt to taste

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