SUPER HEALTHY SPLIT PEA SOUP

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When I was growing up, every single halloween, my mom would make me and my sister have a big bowl of split pea soup before going trick or treating.  I am extremely blessed to have a mom who raised me eating very healthy foods – of course, I didn’t know that at the time, and like most kids, I wanted junk food, but I am SO thankful now!  Filling us up on healthy food helped to prevent us from overdosing on trick or treat candy later (even though we still usually overdid it just a bit :-/ ).  Split pea soup is perfect for this as the split peas are legumes and contain tons of fiber which is very filling and satisfying!  You can see some of the other health benefits of split peas on the following pin:

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  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Reduces cancer risk
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Reduces sulfite sensitivity
  • Improves heart health
  • Promotes weight control
  • Heals digestive disorders

Well, I guess it’s true when they say “Mother knows best”, because my mom was spot on with giving us split pea soup prior to trick or treating!  It’s SO good for you!  Not only that, but it is now a tradition for me to have split peas soup every halloween, so she instilled a healthy tradition in me!  (Side note – in case you can’t tell – I LOVE my mom!)

So, with halloween being this Friday, I am going to share my split pea soup recipe with you all!  It’s really easy and extremely good for you.  It’s also really tasty – so that’s a plus! 😉

SUPER HEALTHY SPLIT PEA SOUP

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups dried split peas, rinsed and picked over
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 cups of chopped carrots
  • 2 cups of chopped celery
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
  • 1 handful of chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • sea salt

Directions:

1.) Chop your onions, carrots and celery and set aside.

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2.) Rinse and pick over your split peas.  Set aside.

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3.) Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot.  Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes till the onions begin to sweat.

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4.) Add the broth, water, carrots, celery, garlic powder, oregano, bay leafs, and parsley to the pot.  Bring to a boil.

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5.) Once the pot has come to a boil, reduce the heat, and let simmer, partially covered, for 75-90 minutes.  Stir every 15 minutes or so.

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6.) When cooked to desired consistency, add the lemon juice and sea salt (to taste).  Ladle into bowls and serve.

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Feel free to start a tradition of your own with this soup – it makes for a delicious tradition! Enjoy! 🙂

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