Let me start by saying that I’m enjoying having a meal plan. It is such a treat to have all of the ingredients for a particular recipe on any given day of the week. If you haven’t yet tried meal planning I urge you to do so! Trust me, it doesn’t take a lot of time. In fact, it has proved to save me some.
Many times we are victims of our own busy lifestyles. Preoccupation with one area of our lives leads to neglect in another. For me, when I get caught up with work or life in general, my meals become unbalanced and it truly affects my overall well being. We owe it to ourselves to make every effort to strike a balance across all areas of our lives: work, personal and health.
This soup in particular is definitely going into my “quick and meals” registry. An actual “put all of the ingredients (minus 1 ) in a pot” recipe yielding fabulous results (and leftovers for 2!). Perfect for asking a special someone to ‘start dinner’ when you’re working a little late ;) In fact, this is even suitable for last minute guests. Served with a beautiful baguette, of course.
Split Pea Soup with Smoked Sausage and Greens
Adapted from Epicurious
- 1 16-ounce bag dried green split peas
- 2 andouille sausages
- 8 cups chicken broth (Or 2 T stock base + 8 c water)
- 4 bay leaves
- 4 carrots, chopped.
- 3 to 4 cups coarsely chopped kale
- pepper to taste
Add olive oil to a preheated dutch oven (or large pot) cook sausages until brown. Add split peas, 8 cups broth, and bay leaves to pot. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until peas are tender, stirring occasionally, 30 to 35 minutes.
Transfer sausages to cutting board. Cut lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick half-round (Do not add until soup is pureed!)
Puree soup (including bay leaves) 1 cup at a time in food processor (or blender) until smooth; return to same pot (alternatively, you definitely could omit this step and have a more chunky soup. If you choose to do that, I’d omit 1 c + broth). Add sausages and greens. Stir to combine. Serve with a nice hunk of whole wheat baguette.