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Classic Green Split Pea Soup

So here is my first recipe for 2012!   I am hoping to get more recipes posted this year maybe one per month!  Here is a classic recipe for green split pea soup!  I love it however I know some who just can’t get past the green color.  Definitely a great way to warm you up after a nice hike or some outdoor activity!  So grateful it is 2012 and the weather has been exceptionally mild!  A balmy 45 today!!!  So I dedicate this first recipe to my Mom!  After serving a wonderful spiral ham for Christmas my Mom called telling me she saved the ham bone for me if I wanted to make pea soup…lol  My Mom doesn’t even like pea soup but my Dad does so I made a batch and brought it over to him.  Of course I kept some for myself to have!  A great easy meal to eat for the nights I just don’t want to cook!Green Split Pea Soup

Ingredients:

•    2 cups split green peas
•    1 small onion, finely chopped
•    1 ham bone
•    2 quarts water
•    2 cloves garlic, minced
•    1/3 tsp thyme
•    Black pepper to taste

Instructions:

Rinse and sort peas.  Add peas and water to stockpot and bring to a boil.  Simmer 2 minutes.  Remove from heat, cover and let stand 1 hour.  Add ham bone, onion, garlic and thyme to stockpot and return to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 2 1/2 hours covered (or until peas are soft).  Remove ham bone and slice off meat and add back to soup (if desired).  Season to taste with black pepper.

Enjoy!

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Chicken and Vegetable Stew

Ingredients:Chicken Vegetable Stew

•    1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
•    2 tbsp spelt flour
•    1 tsp ground black pepper
•    1/2 tsp dried parsley
•    1/4 tsp thyme
•    1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
•    3 cloves garlic, minced
•    1 medium onion, chopped
•    2 stalks celery, diced
•    1 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
•    1/2 cup pineapple juice
•    1 cup carrots, chopped
•    1 12 oz can Great Northern beans (or any white beans), drained and rinsed
•    2 cups baby spinach, chopped
•    1 parsnip, cubed
•    2 bay leaves

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl combine flour, pepper, parsley and thyme; dredge chicken cubes in mixture.

Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion, celery and chicken and sauté for 4 – 5  minutes or until cooked through.  Lower heat to medium and pour in broth and pineapple juice.  Toss in carrots, beans, parsnip and bay leaves and stir to combine.  Cover and simmer on medium until carrots and parsnips are soft about 20 minutes.  Uncover and add spinach and cook for another 5 minutes.  Remove bay leaves and serve.

Enjoy!

Vegetarian Bean Soup

This soup mirrors the beautiful colors of the autumn season.  It is a hearty, filling soup that warms the tummy and the soul.Vegetarian Bean Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup dried organic black beans
  • 1/4 cup dried organic kidney beans
  • 1/4 cup dried organic great northern beans
  • 1/4 cup dried organic pinto beans
  • 1/4 cup dried organic navy beans
  • 1/4 cup organic lentils
  • 1/4 cup organic split peas
  • 1/4 cup organic barley
  • 2 organic yellow onions, chopped
  • 6 stalks organic celery hearts, chopped
  • 4 large organic carrots, scrubbed and chopped
  • 10 cups organic no salt vegetable stock
  • 28 oz can organic no salt crushed tomatoes
  • 1 organic bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp organic crushed thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp organic ground black pepper
  • 1 organic red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 4 cloves roasted organic garlic

Instructions:

Soak beans, lentils, peas, and barley in large saucepan and cover with water.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Remove from heat, cover and let ingredients sit for one hour.  Drain, rinse and drain again.  Set to the side.  In a large pan, sauté onions, celery, and carrots.  Add sautéed vegetables, vegetable broth, tomatoes,  bay leaf, thyme and black pepper to the bean mixture and bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce to low heat.  Stir occasionally and cook for approximately 2 hours until beans and vegetables are tender.  Remove bay leaf.  Add chopped bell pepper and roasted garlic.  Simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Serve as a main dish or pair with a salad.

Enjoy!

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