Split Pea Soup

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It’s not the most photogenic thing and I don’t have time to expound eloquently on its virtues but this split pea soup really hit the spot on a cold winter’s night. This is the first time I’ve made split pea soup in our pressure cooker and it worked out quite well. If you don’t have a pressure cooker this can easily be done on the stove top; it’ll just need to simmer for at least an hour, perhaps more.

What you need:

1 Tbs. olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

2 medium carrots, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. salt or to taste (depends on how much sodium is in your broth)

fresh ground pepper to taste

1 tsp. ground coriander

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1 bay leaf

4 c. vegetable broth

2 c. water

2 c. split peas

What you do:

Saute onions, carrots and celery in olive oil until they’re just starting to get soft. Add garlic, salt, pepper, coriander and paprika and cook another minute. Then add the remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. Cover, bring to pressure and cook on high pressure for 30 minutes then allow for a natural release (though if you’re pressed for time a quick release should be fine). You could certainly do this in a slow cooker or on the stove top as well. We had ours over brown rice but you could serve it with any grain or just a nice piece of crusty bread.

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Makhlouta and Smashed Chickpeas with Fresh Pita

I mentioned ChopChop Magazine once before and the Makhlouta (a Middle Eastern soup) is something the kid was interested in ever since we got the latest issue. Then I saw this article on making fresh pita bread and thought that would go great with the soup. And I made the Smashed Chickpeas from the NY Times article too. Why not? It was all fabulous and though the kid’s never been so keen on chickpeas, he did love the pita and he also lapped up the soup even though he’s typically lentil-phobic. Score! And I’m here to tell you that making your own pita is indeed fun and way better than anything you can buy in the store. The chickpeas were great too though I do recommend including the optional tahini sauce.

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