Thursday, November 12, 2009

BEST EVER Split Pea Soup

I threw this together last night and it was fantastic! I just had to share.

~Amazing, Delicious Split Pea Soup~
2 quarts homemade chicken stock (mine was made with lots of onions, garlic, thyme, parsley, and ginger. If you use canned stock, generously season your soup accordingly. But watch the salt!)
ham bone with bits of meat attached (trim off any fat. My ham bone was pretty small, from a ham steak, and only had about 1/2 cup of meat on it, which was fine).
1/2 c. sliced baby carrots
1/2 c. diced celery
1 lb bag of dry green split peas, rinsed
1/2 tsp. marjoram
black pepper to taste
shake or two of dry mustard
dash of cayenne

Put the stock on to boil and add the ham bone. Simmer for 45 minutes to one hour. Scoop out the ham and bone and place on a plate to cool.

Add everything else to the pot and bring to a boil. Stir and turn down the heat. Simmer, covered, on low for an hour or two. Stir every so often. The peas will almost completely disintegrate. When the texture is to your liking, it's done... turn off the heat. (I have, in the past, made the mistake of not cooking my soup long enough. It really is delicious when the peas disintegrate!)

Pick the ham off the bone and put it into the soup. Serve with low fat cornbread muffins. Super good and warming on a chilly fall day! Approximately 160 calories per cup.

And FYI, check out this nutrition information on the health benefits of split peas! Amazing stuff. One cup of cooked split peas contains 16 grams of fiber, 16 grams of protein, 24% of the RDA for vitamin B1, 32% RDA for folate, 20% RDA for potassium, 39% RDA for manganese, 14% RDA for iron, and significant amounts of vitamin K, B2, B3, B6, tryptophan, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and zinc. It also contains 196% RDA of molybdenum (which is helpful in detoxifying sulfites).

I'm having a good day, but am feeling tired. I have not seen my husband in two months but he is coming for the holidays. I am going to continue on with my healthy lifestyle and absolutely insist upon respect for what I am trying to do. I am flat out determined to do this. It's my life and I own my own power to change, power to decide what goes into my mouth, and power to shape my body over time. And I am so thankful to have all of you readers cheering me on! If I could give each of you a bowl of split pea soup, I would :)

Be well.


Autumnforest said...

Thanks so much for the recipe. You're really a great example for everyone who reads your blog. Sometimes, these changes like concentrating on your health are easier to do when you have changes in your life, like your marital situation. Sometimes,it takes things getting uncertain to make us take action in what we have control over, which is our health. Go girl! I see a healthy lifestyle book in the making for you...

Diana said...

That soup looks and sounds so delicious!
Also, good for you. It is your body and your health, so of course you decide what's best for you. It's really great seeing you positive like this. :)

Susannah said...

I adore split pea soup. I like to cook some whole barley separately and add it to the soup at the end - try it! :)

You've got the power, Lyn!

Jenn said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe! Split Pea Soup is sooooo good!

So happy for you that you're still taking care of yourself and making your health a priority despite life (with all it's ups and downs) still going on around you.

Stay strong.

screwdestiny said...

I wish I could just "throw stuff together." I always have to follow a recipe, 'cause I'm a lame cook. That soup looks pretty good. I hope the visit with your husband goes well.

Certifiably Fit said...

I'm totally trying this recipe. Looks fabulous.

Glad to see you are putting your health first regardless of what life might be throwing at you lately.

Foodie Girl said...

Hooray for the round of split pea soup!!!

Blubeari said...

I'm surprised at how much fiber split peas have! Might just have to be my excuse to finally try them.

Deb said...

I love split pea soup but haven't made it in ages. Thanks for the reminder.

Vickie said...

you absolutely have a right NOT to be sabotaged in your own home.

and the things that you insist on (foods in the house, non-foods NOT in the house, ability/time to exercise, no stress) do NOT mean that you are weak. they are things that everyone, everywhere should be doing.

I think that many of us - in the beginning - think that we have to over compensate because WE are what is broken. And that is not the case. We are actually ahead of the average person. The habits that we build in ourselves and our lives are based on HEALTH.

Jen in MN said...

"flat out determined" - I like that. You can do it, and you WILL do it. I know!

Tammy said...

Isn't he the one that used to bring vats of macaroni salad and bags full of Chinese food in the house when you were trying so hard? Hand him a fork when he walks in the door and tell him to go find a corner to hide in, lol....sorry, I couldn't resist....only because, of late, I've been considering giving my own guy the boot....not because of food obviously...but like you, who needs to give details? :)

Anonymous said...

Make sure to throw in some Bay leaves and a tad of liquid smoke if not using ham. You have to add the liquid smoke at the end.