Monday, July 13, 2009

Split peas and why they matter>>>

So, first off, the health benefits of the green pea: Being of the legume family, peas have almost twice the protein of other vegetables. They’re high in fiber, which supports proper digestion and elimination. And, of course, they’re low in calories. A single cup of cooked dried peas in your daily diet provides 65.1% of the recommended daily fiber. They also provide a good amount of protein, two B-vitamins, and several important minerals. Peas also include isoflavones, which are helpful in reducing the risk of breast and prostate cancer.

Below is a recipe for vegan split pea soup::
* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1 bay leaf
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 cups dried split peas
* 1/2 cup barley
* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
* 7 1/2 cups water
* 3 carrots, chopped
* 3 stalks celery, chopped
* 3 potatoes, diced
* 1/2 cup chopped parsley
* 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
* 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
* 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


1. In a large pot over medium high heat, saute the oil, onion, bay leaf and garlic for 5 minutes, or until onions are translucent. Add the peas, barley, salt and water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
2. Add the carrots, celery, potatoes, parsley, basil, thyme and ground black pepper. Simmer for another hour, or until the peas and vegetables are tender.


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