The Pageantology Pantry: Split Pea Soup

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It's chilly and rainy here in Los Angeles today so I immediately thought, "I'm gonna make my hearty split pea soup for dinner tonight!"

We LOVE this healthy and easy-to-make soup, which I posted a while back on my personal site. It's vegetarian and something I created using all organic ingredients. It's absolutely delicious and especially great for those rainy days like today : )

The best part about this soup is that it's perfect even if you're preparing for a pageant as it's low in calories and filled with veggies. Just make a simple salad to have beforehand and voíla! You have yourself a yummy and healthy meal. Here's the recipe for our Split Pea Soup:

Ingredients:

3 cups dried split peas

8 cups vegetable stock (This turns out to be 2 containers of the Pacific Organic Vegetable Broth. Get an extra container just in case you need more.)

3 bay leaves

1 teaspoon of cumin

1 teaspoon of coriander

1 tablespoons of Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt

1 medium onion, minced

4 medium garlic cloves, minced

3 stalks celery, minced

4 medium carrots, sliced

Optional toppings:

Avocado

Heirloom tomatoes, diced

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Fresh ground black pepper

Fresh parsley, minced

Directions:

1. Put all ingredients in a large pot (you can sauté the onions, celery, and carrots first or add them in directly if you want a fat free soup).

2. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered for about 30-40 minutes (until all the veggies and split peas are soft), stirring occasionally to prevent split peas from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

3. Season to taste with the additional toppings if you wish. PS. I like to let the soup sit in the pot for about 30 minutes after it's cooked so the flavors are more abundant. This soup is amazing the next day too! The longer all the flavors have to sit, the yummier the taste.

4. Enjoy!!!

Truth be told, even on warm days, I make this recipe. It's THAT good!

If you're a soup lover, be sure to check out this recipe for a delicious pumpkin soup from Susie's health and nutrition blog on her personal site. Actually, one of the topics we'll be covering at our workshops is proper nutrition. It's something we're very passionate about and, after years of reading books and trying different things, we finally feel like we've learned how nature intended us to eat. It's been an enlightening journey for us and we can't wait to share it all with you! 

Do you have any great soup recipes, please share them in the comment section below. And we'd love to hear what your diet is like when prepping for a pageant.

Love,

Susie & Shandi