Friday, February 17, 2012

Double Take Greens

For ever now, I have been wanting to make a pot of Split Pea Soup, it's one of my favorites. Well, I finally got that accomplished. And why haven't I been making it all winter, I asked myself. Or soup in general. It was so easy and the leftovers made packing lunch easy peasy.. And Monday night, I also made a pot of chili, so all week we had either soup or chili to choose from - yummalicious! And then because my new breakfast smoothie recipe is also so fantastic, I'll share that with you too!

Easy Peasy Split Pea Soup

1 large sweet onion, chopped
1 large sweet potato, peeled and finely chopped
2 medium carrots, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cartons (32 ounces each) lower-sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
1 pound dried split peas
1 ham hock
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon dried parsley
Dried thyme, kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

In a Dutch oven, saute the onion, potato and carrots in oil until tender, add a bit more oil if pan seems dry. Stir in broth and water. Rinse peas and add to the soup. Add the ham hock, bay leaves and parsley. Season with a good pinch of thyme and salt and pepper to taste.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 1 hour or until peas are tender. Cool slightly and remove ham hock and bay leaves. Remove any meat from the hock and stir back into the soup. Serve with baguette slices and butter.

Fuel-Up Smoothie

3/4 cup Silk vanilla coconut milk or milk of your choice
1/2 cup plain yogurt (Mountain High or Stoneyfield)
2 cups baby spinach
1 banana
Sprinkle of cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. If you like, you could blend with ice as well. I found the coconut milk in the dairy case by the almond and soy milk. It's very delicious (it's a more drinkable version than canned coconut milk). I love coconut, so I had to try it.. I've also tried almond milk, but I was not a fan of the texture or the fact that it didn't taste like almonds.. But this, looks just like milk and tastes like coconut - perfect!

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  1. I love the energy drink!!! I was so skeptical with the spinach...but awesome and satisfying. It is my new favorite breakfast on the go! Thanks for posting!

  2. I'm glad you liked it! If you want to mix it up, a sprinkle of cinnamon or a handful of frozen berries is good too!

  3. Hi Tina!

    I'm so glad I checked out your blog and saw that you had recently posted about split pea soup. Erik and I were just talking about making some. Now I don't have to read 20 recipes before I decide which one to make. Although... I kind of like doing that! Anyway, thanks again. We'll be having this for dinner soon.

  4. Thanks for stopping by! I love split pea soup - it's so simple and comforting. I may have to make a batch again this weekend too! I don't have a ham hock handy though, but I do have some Canadian bacon that needs used up - yum! Troy's still raving about Erik's Jambalaya - he might just have to do a guest post.. : )