Saturday, March 21, 2009

Homemade Goodness *Split Pea/Lentil Soup*

You could make this soup with one or both of these. Either way its yummy. I reccomend mixing it, it still taste like split pea alone. This is a super yummy way to get your kids to eat vegies. You can hide things in this soup and they can pretend its BUG SOUP. My kids love thinking about yucky bugs.

Split Pea/Lentil Soup
Serves 6

1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp dried Thyme
1/2 tsp dried Parsley
1 Dried Bay Leaf
2 Medium Carrots chopped up small
2 Celery stalks chopped up small
1 large Onion chopped up small
2 tbsp Garlic Minced (or use dried/precut)
1 lb (or 2 cups) Split Pea or Lentils (or mix 1cup/1cup)
8 Cups of water
1 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt to taste
OPTIONAL:Bacon pieces or ham

Saute carrots, onion and celery in olive oil till onions are translucent. Add garlic and salt. Add all spices and pea's/lentils .
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer stirring occasionally. Cook till pea's/lentils are tender and begin to fall apart. . Usually 50-55 minutes.

Eat chunky or push through a strainer to make it creamy. Either way its yummy.

Pea's=60-70 grams
Lentils=80-90 grams
Making it 11-15 grams of protein per serving about and thats just the beans.

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