I’m going to start adding more recipes to my blog. I love getting ideas from other sites and blogs so I thought I’d share what we like to eat in our home. I like to cook from home because I know what I’m putting in my food and also because we are on a limited budget. However, I tend to get into a rut when cooking from home and often cook the same things over and over. Reading about new ideas inspires me to try new things. This is good nutritionally because we need variety and it’s good to just shake things up sometimes! Here’s what we’re having for dinner tonight. It’s yellow split pea soup. I chose yellow peas because I’ve had trouble finding green peas here and I’ve never had yellow split pea soup before. I liked the results. We are paring this soup with a tossed green salad with roasted beets, blue cheese and almonds.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or cooking oil of your choice1 onion, sliced
3 stalks celery, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
Salt and/or white pepper
1/2 tsp of turmeric
1/2 tsp of yellow curry
8 cups chicken stock (or combination water and stock)
2 cups dried yellow split peas
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
Fresh parsley for garnish
1 tbs Dijon mustard
1 cup of sliced cooked sausage pieces (optional) or hamhock
Melt butter or oil over medium-low heat in a large stockpot. Cook onion, celery and carrots with salt and pepper until onion is soft, about 7 to 10 minutes. Add the turmeric, curry, stock, peas, potatoes, and ham hock, and simmer, covered, about 1 hour. Add 1 tbs of dijon mustard and stir. Add cooked sausage if you are adding meat (I like it without but my husband is the major carnivore). Then add fresh cut parsley for a garnish. Serve.
Yellow peas are legumes and they have a bit milder flavor than their counterpart, green peas. They are considered to be one of the world’s healthiest foods. They are an excellent source of fiber and can help to lower blood sugar and cholesterol. They are also a great source of protein. Each cup yields 16 grams of protein. This recipe alone is 32 grams of protein. If you are looking for additional sources of non-meat protein, this is a good place to start.
Yellow peas also have vitamin B1, potassium and phosporus. For mom and moms-to-be, you should know that yellow split peas also are a good source of folate (or folic acid).
Live well and be happy!