Split Pea Soup

Talk of this soup sparked a major debate over here!

Are split peas legumes or veggies? Is a split pea an actual pea from a pod that has been split in two pieces and dried? If you could have heard the intense conversation and debate over split peas that we had on the road last week you would have thought we were re-writing the constitution.

What is indisputable is the fact that these little green beauties contain some of the highest amounts of fiber per portion! Fiber is the stuff that makes you feel full and totally satisfied. Eating a diet high in plant foods means you'll consume less fat but still feel full. That translates into keeping your organs functioning properly from the inside out, your body lean and your skin glowing!

This recipe freezes beautifully! 

Be sure to rinse your split peas and give them a good looking through. Discard any hard, pebble like or shriveled split peas.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

 

SPLIT PEA SOUP
 

Serves 4


 

INGREDIENTS

Download printable shopping list here

  • 8 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups dried split peas, rinsed. Discard any pebbles or shriveled split peas.
  • 2 small russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, rough chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt + Pepper to taste

Chopping onions always makes me feel a bit like Meryl Streep playing Juila Child in the movie Juile & Julia. The words triumphant bad ass come to mind. ; )

 

PREPARATION
 

1. In a large pot combine split peas, potatoes, carrots, bell pepper, onions, garlic, thyme and 2 quarts water.
2. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer stirring occasionally until peas have broken down and the soup has thickened (around a half hour).
3. Add extra water as necessary and skim off any foam that forms on the surface. You want your soup to be smooth and not too thick.
4. Once all produce is soft and the split peas are broken down season to taste with salt and pepper.

BONUS RECIPE! How about a little something blended for dessert!

CHOCOLATE AVOCADO SMOOTHIE

Serves 2

Blend 1 avocado, 1/2 cup raw cacao powder, 6 medjool dates (pitted) and 2 cups almond milk until smooth. Then add two cups ice blend again and serve!
 

You'll have to remind yourself it's good for you! It's *that* good! Enjoy <3