Fun fact about the FITgals: WE LOVE SOUP!
And there is nothing we crave more when the weather starts to turn colder. Soup can be one of those deceptive diet busters when you get it out at a deli or restaurant (or, worse, in a can): high sodium, cream, or chicken/beef fat ruining what looks to be a very healthy choice. But, when you make it at home, it is easy to make a super nutritious, light, and clean meal.
Best of all, it is usually a one-pot wonder kind of meal! Here is what I made on Sunday and have been enjoying ever since (notice – there is no oil or butter!):
Vegetarian Split Pea Soup
6 cups vegetable broth (use more if you like a thinner soup)
2 cups dried green split peas, rinsed
1 medium chopped onion
1 cup carrots (I used closer to 2 cups)
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. dried basil
½ tsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large pot, combine the first nine ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until peas are tender, stirring occasionally.
- Add salt and pepper; simmer 10 minutes longer. Cool slightly. In small batches, puree soup in a blender or food processor; return to the pot. Heat for 5 minutes.