Welcome back and Happy New Year! I know we are well into the New Year but this is my first post of this 365 day block and it’s good to be back! This week the members of the 38 Power Foods blog group are cooking up peas, and I’m starting off with a favorite comfort food for many people —split pea soup.
Like other legumes dried peas are high in protein and fiber. One cup of dried peas has 65.01% of your daily fiber needs. They are a good source of soluble fiber, which will help to lower cholesterol, and they are also gluten-free, low-fat, and tasty, too!
I yearly make the 16-hour trek from Arizona to Northern California to visit my brothers, who live above Lake Mendocino, in the town of Ukiah. My family and I drive on the long, straight and desolate Highway 5 that runs through Central California. The saving grace is that we often stop at Pea Soup Anderson’s for a bowl of their famous split pea soup, though in my opinion it was better before they changed the recipe, but it still tastes good after a long car ride. Another restaurant, California Pizza Kitchen, makes a good vegan split pea soup with barley and carrots. After they puree or mash the peas, they add bits of cooked barley and diced carrots—yum! This vegan recipe I’m posting today is an homage to their soup, and I think I have managed to capture the look and taste. Make it! It’s easy, and eating split pea soup is a fun, healthy habit to get into!
- 2 cups split peas
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1-1/2 sticks celery, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 1/3 cup dried barley, one cup cooked (barley is not gluten free)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon Tamari soy
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- Black Pepper to taste
- Using a large stock pot, sauté the onion in the olive oil until it is translucent.
- Add 8 cups of water to pot and bring it to a boil. Get a smaller pot, fill it with 4 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
- When the water comes to a boil in the large pot, add the peas and the bay leaves and cook the until the peas are tender and easily break part, about 45 to 60 minutes. You will need to stir more often in the last 20 minutes of cooking.
- When the water in the small pot comes to a boil add the barley and cook it until it is tender, about 40 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- While the peas are cooking, dice the carrots into 1/3-inch cubes and then cook them in a small pot of salted water until they are tender. Drain the water and set the carrots aside.
- When the peas are tender, remove the bay leaves and discard them. Place an immersion blender into the pot and blend the peas until smooth. Strain the barley, and add it to the soup along with the carrots and the Tamari soy. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- *Note – Don’t worry if you don’t have an immersion blender; just whisk the soup well. The peas will fall apart, and there will still be small bits of the onion and celery.
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