Saturday, December 10, 2011
Vegan Split Pea Soup
Ever since that snowman cookie jar reentered my life a little over a week ago, it hasn't been easy to avoid excessive amounts of sugar, salt, and flour. So I've been trying extra hard to make sure the meals I prepare are super healthy.
1/2 gallon Veggie Broth
4 c Water
1/2 a large yellow onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 c split peas, rinsed and strained
3 kale leaves, finely chopped
1 bunch parsley, chopped
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp dill
2 tsp chipotle pepper
2 tsp paprika
freshly ground black pepper
Pour stock into a large pot. Turn heat to high and add carrots, celery, onions, kale, and split peas. Bring to a boil and boil for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, add spices, cover, and simmer for 2 hours or until split peas are tender. Add the parsley, taste, and add more herbs and spices to taste.
The soup was very easy, but it does take a while for the peas to soften, so this recipe is better for when you're cooking in advance or for when you have an afternoon home. I made a bowl for James for dinner and put the rest in pint-sized ball jars for lunches and dinners to come. I think the soup will be better after it sits in the fridge for a day or two and am already looking forward to bringing it for lunch on Monday.
Other variations: If you need the salt, add it at the end to taste. Leave out the kale if you don't have/like it. Add a potato or a sweet potato if you want. If you want to saute the onion, (and carrots and celery) before adding the broth, go for it, but I don't think it adds enough flavor to warrant the additional calories. As for the spices, paprika and chipotle powder add some of the smokey spicy flavor. I also added a dash of cayenne for some kick. For fresh herbs, I would stick to thyme and dill. The parsley was a bit of a stretch for the flavors of this soup, but I love parsley and had a bunch so I used it! You could garnish with a dollop of greek yogurt or a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Are there any other soups that typically contain meat that you would like a vegetarian/vegan recipe for?