Recipe: Mood-Boosting Split Pea Lentil Soup

June 6, 2018
Recipe: Mood-Boosting Split Pea Lentil Soup

This split pea lentil soup is a meal in itself and can be complemented with sourdough bread or a raw salad. The great thing about this soup is that you can keep it warm in the Crock-Pot all day so that family members can fill a bowl whenever they wish. It takes about 20 minutes to clean and prep all the ingredients.

Split Pea Lentil Soup

Ingredients

6–8 c. of liquid (bone, chicken, or vegetable broth)
1 c. dried green organic split peas, soaked and rinsed
1 cup of organic red lentils, rinsed
1 c. thickly sliced carrots
1 c. thickly sliced celery
1 medium onion, sliced
2 c. chopped kale
2 cloves garlic, optional
2 marrow bones and 4 organic sausages sliced into 1-inch rounds (for a vegetarian soup, substitute frozen, thawed tofu*)
pinch of cayenne pepper

*Tofu has a wonderful consistency when it is frozen and thawed. It is like a sponge that absorbs flavors. Freeze tofu, let thaw, and gently press out the excess water— then cube and use as desired in soups and stir-fries.

Directions
  1. Soak the split peas and the lentils in warm water overnight before cooking in order to reduce the phytates, which inhibit absorption of minerals.
  2. After soaking, rinse and add the liquid to the broth. Place the soaked peas in the Crock-Pot with 8 cups of broth (as a general rule, use 3 cups of water to each cup of dried lentils or peas). Cook on low heat for 3 hours or until peas are soft.
  3. Add all the vegetables and sausage (or tofu) and cook for another 1–2 hours.
  4. Add some salt and crushed rosemary or thyme when the soup is done, top with a little cayenne pepper for some pizzazz and let sit until ready to eat.

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