Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Friday Food Fix (A LITTLE LATE) - Split Pea Soup!

Split pea soup is one of my all-time favorites because it can be made with leftovers. It allows me the opportunity to use the bone that is left in a ham after Christmas or Easter dinner to make something healthy and delicious. The best part is that I am not wasting any part of my food!

This dish is loaded with protein, low in fat, and can very easily be converted into a vegan or vegetarian recipe by simply removing the ham and changing the chicken stock to vegetable stock in the recipe. This is also a great recipe for my post-surgery peeps stuck on the pureed food diet. This will provide great flavor without having to eat something that tastes like real baby food. This is one of those curl up with a good book on a cold day kind of warm your soul soups so take some time and enjoy this little gem.

Servings:8                                                               Calories: 290


3 tbsp. Olive Oil

1          Onion (chopped)

3          Ribs Celery (Chopped)

3          Carrot (Chopped)

3          Garlic Cloves (Minced)

1          ham bone with some meat still attached (Can substitute 2 ham hocks)

1lb.      Bag of split peas

2          Bay leaves

1tbsp. Fried Thyme (can also use fresh, but add with parsley at the end)

8 cu.    Chicken Stock (Vegetable stock or water can also be used)

1 cu.    Chopped Parsley

Salt and Pepper to taste

1.         In a large sauce pot with oil heated, combine the onion, celery, and carrot. Let cook for 5 min. stirring occasionally. Add garlic and continue cooking an additional minute.

2.         Add the spilt peas, salt, pepper, dried thyme, and bay leaves. Stir to combine and add the ham bone and chicken stock. Let simmer on medium heat for 1 hour.

3.         Pull out ham bone, shred meat, and set aside. Pulse a stick blender in the soup until lightly pureed and add the parsley. (I still like some chunks in my soup) Then add back the ham and serve!

*All calorie counts done with the MyFitnessPal Recipe Calorie Calculator.