It’s that time of year for cozy evenings by the fireplace and hot soup dinners! Split pea soup is one of my favorite winter dinners. It’s filling, healthy, and delicious!
Peas are a powerhouse of nutrition! They do have some carbs, but they also bring protein, fiber, and phytonutrients to the table. The phytonutrients in peas can help reduce your chances of getting stomach cancer. They are also anti-inflammatory, and provide antioxidants. For more information about peas, check out this article.
Before we get to the recipe for the split pea soup, I want to invite you to join with others who are making healthy changes. I’d love to walk alongside you in your journey towards wholeness and health! Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full!” Freedom from food addictions is part of having a truly full life.
- 1 Cup Chopped Onion
- 2 Cups Chopped Carrots
- 2 Cups Chopped Potatoes
- 1 Cup Chopped Celery
- 4 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
- 2 1/4 Cups Dried Split Peas
- 8 Cups Organic Chicken Broth
- 2-3 Cups Left Over Ham or Chicken, Chopped
- 2 Tbsp Fresh Thyme Leaves
- 1 Tsp Celery Seeds
- Sea Salt and Pepper to Taste
There are a couple different ways to make this soup. You can either cook it in the crock-pot, or a dutch oven. If you cook it in the slow cooker, simply place all of the ingredients in your pot and run it on low for a few hours, until the peas are soft and the soup is thick. Feel free to add more broth if it is too thick.
If you use your dutch oven, cook the onion and potatoes in a couple tablespoons of coconut oil, until they’re soft and light brown. Add the carrots, celery, and garlic, sprinkle with some salt and pepper, and cook for about 2 minutes.
Once your veggies are lightly cooked add the rest of the ingredients and stir them all together. Bring the mixture up to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer until you are ready to serve it. The soup will need to simmer for about half an hour (maybe more) in order for the peas to absorb the liquid and thicken up. You may need to add more liquid, and make sure to stir it periodically.