Healthy Split Pea Soup

Healthy Split Pea Soup
I’ve been making pea soup for years. Ina Garten really has the best recipe so I’ve made my own alterations to her original recipe. The woman is a genius if you ask me. I have been watching Barefoot Contessa for as long as I can remember. My spin on the her recipe is adding pureed spinach for added nutrition and a really vibrant colour. I also like to substitute potatoes for rutabaga, squash, or sweet potato. The best part of this soup- it’s the easiest to throw together! Hope you love it.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup chopped yellow onion
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
• 1/2 tsp dried oregano
• pinch of chilli flakes
• 1 tsp himalayan salt
• 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
• 4 carrots, diced
• 1 cup rutabaga, diced (can also sub with sweet potato, parsnip, red potato)
• 2 1/2 cups split peas (rinsed, and divided)
• 8 cups organic low sodium chicken or vegetable stock (homemade is always best!) + extra for spinach
• 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach

Directions:

1. In a large stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with the olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper until the onions are translucent.

2.Add your carrots, rutabaga, half of your split peas, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Skim off the foam while cooking.

3. Add the remaining split peas and continue to simmer for another 40 minutes. Stir frequently. Season to taste.

4. When your soup is finished cooking, turn off the heat. In a high powered blender add your fresh spinach and enough stock to get the spinach moving. Blend until completely smooth.

5. Stir the spinach mixture into the soup. Serve with extra virgin olive oil and freshly cracked pepper. I also like to add crunchy chickpeas and toasted pepitas for added texture and crunch!
Healthy Split Pea Soup

Vegan Lemon Garlic Pasta

Vegan Lemon Garlic Pasta
This pasta has become a weekly staple for a few months now. Zach (my husband, if you’re a new reader) does not love pasta because he feels very full and heavy from it. This is actually a common symptom amongst most people as added cheese, starches, and fats leave you feeling slightly sick and ready for a nap. So, with added protein in the pasta itself, I didn’t have to add a meat or cream sauce. We have been loving GoGo Quinoa’s Super Grain Pasta (find it at Costco), or as always, pastas with lentils and chickpeas as the only ingredients. The key to this vegan pasta dish is the cooking water from the pasta. The starches left in the water create a creamy sauce without any added dairy.

In 30 minutes you have a light pasta dish that is full of nutrients, protein and is of course, delicious. Feel free to use whatever vegetables you have on hand. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

• 3 cups GoGo Quinoa Super Grain Pasta
• 1 cup reserved cooking water from pasta
• 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• pinch of chilli flakes
• 1 tsp dried oregano
• 1 french shallot, finely chopped
• 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• 1 cup cherry tomatoes
• 1 bell pepper, julienned
• 1 zucchini, diced
• 5 stalks broccolini
• a large handful of fresh spinach
• 1 french shallot, finely chopped
• 3 tbsp parsley and/or basil, chopped
• juice of 1 lemon
• salt and pepper, to taste
• 1/4 cup toasted pinenuts

Directions:

1. Cook pasta according to directions. Remember to reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid after the pasta is finished.

2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare all of your vegetables and herbs.

3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute shallots, oregano, chilli peppers, and a pinch of salt and allow to cook for 2 minutes, then add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Add your cherry tomatoes and bell pepper. And add about 3 tbsp of the reserved cooking liquid so that the tomatoes steam and the garlic does not burn. Allow to cook for about 5 minutes.

4. Add your zucchini, cook for another 3 minutes. Then add the broccolini and another 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Cook until the broccolini is tender and the tomatoes have begun to burst.

5. Once the vegetables are cooked through, reduce the heat to low and add the pasta to the skillet along with the rest of the reserved cooking liquid. If your skillet is too small to add the pasta, transfer everything into the larger pot you cooked your pasta in. Stir the vegetables, pasta and cooking liquid until the pasta becomes creamy and no water is left. Add your lemon juice and spinach. Taste and season if necessary. The salt from the pasta water might mean you don’t need to add any salt.

6. Serve pasta and top with toasted pinenuts, fresh parsley, more freshly cracked pepper and a drizzle of your best olive oil. Bon appetit!

Vegan Lemon Garlic Pasta

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Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers with Sweet n’ Spicy Slaw

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There have been many times at restaurants where due to lack of a better option, I was left ordering the veggie burger. I say this in a disappointed tone because of some seriously bad experiences. Chunks of corn, dryness or weird seasonings are just some of the many points I have on my veggie burger sh*t list. Ultimately it has been the taste of freezer burn that has really turned me off from the patty all together. And if you are think you are doing your body good by having that veggie burger… most of the time those few veggies hidden in that burger are coated in white flour and butter. Often, it might even be better to just have that ol’ hamburger if you truly enjoy that more!

This isn’t my first time making veggie burgers. I have done it before by following a few recipes that were… ok. Some recipes actually required so much work that by the time the patties were finished, I was too tired to even make them. So this week I hit my kitchen to create my own veggie burger with flavours that I love! The result was a tasty, nutritious and easy to make patty that I’ll be making time and again. Sweet potatoes, lentils, sunflower seeds and brown rice add protein, fiber, healthy fats and a whole load of vitamins leaving you satisfied and glowing!

The sweet potato will leave this burger more on the softer side so I don’t recommend eating these with a bun. Plus, you really have all the carbohydrates you need from the patty alone. Pairing it with a crunchy lettuce wrap or in my case cabbage cup, is the perfect contrast to the soft texture of the burger. Plus, the sweet and spicy slaw is detox friendly and adds the perfect amount of heat and crunch to the wrap. Skip the mayo and add avocado or even tomato, pickles and onion. Yum! If you want the burger to be more solid, then adding more brown, chickpea or all purpose gluten free flour will do the trick! Just slowly add until you have reached the desired consistency!
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Serves 6

Veggie Burger Ingredients:

• 2 sweet potatoes (peeled)
• 2 cups brown rice
• 1 cup chickpea flour (or brown rice, quinoa, all purpose gluten free)
• 1 yellow onion (chopped)
• 3 clove garlic (chopped)
• 1 can or 2 cups green lentils (drained and rinsed)
• 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
• 1 tsp cumin
• 1 tbsp montreal steak spice
• few dashes hot sauce
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
• 1 tsp pepper
• 1 head purple cabbage (for serving)
• 1 avocado (sliced..for serving)

Slaw Ingredients:

• 1 head green cabbage (shredded)
• 3 carrots (shredded)
• 1/2 cup purple cabbage (shredded)
• 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
• 3 tbsp honey
• squeeze of lemon juice
• 3 tbsp olive oil
• 1 tsp sriracha (or to taste)
• pinch of salt and pepper

Directions for Slaw:

1. In a large bowl whisk vinegar, honey, sriracha, lemon, salt and pepper until combined. Then slowly add olive oil. Stir in cabbage and place in the fridge until you serve.

Directions for Burgers:

1. Start by getting your rice cooking according to the directions on the bag.

2. While rice is cooking, begin peeling your sweet potatoes and steaming or boiling until you can easily pierce them with a fork.

3. Begin sautéing onions in the 1 tbsp olive oil until tender. Add chopped garlic. Stir for 2 minutes and then put aside.

4. Cook lentils according to directions or drain and rinse from a can. Please wash very well!

5. Once everything is cooked, mash the sweet potato in a bowl until smooth. Let the mixture cool.

6. Add lentils, sunflower seeds, onion/garlic mixture, and rice. Slowly add flour until you reach desired consistency. It should not be overly mushy and should hold together as a burger. Add more or less as needed. **The burger will still not be too stiff!

7. Then add the steak spice, cumin, salt, pepper and hot sauce.

8. If the mixture is still hot, it will not form well into patties. You can put it in the fridge to cool down for an hour.

9. Remove mixture and form into patties. You can put them in the fridge or freezer to use at a later date.

10. Coat a skillet or pan with olive oil on medium heat. Cook burgers for 5 minutes on each side to form a crust. (You can skip this step if you want as everything in the burger is cooked, but the crusty outside gives a delicious flavour!)

11. Peel the purple cabbage apart very carefully to keep their cup form. Place burgers inside the cabbage cup and top with slices of avocado and sweet n’ spicy slaw! Serve with some kale chips! Bon appetit!
Veggie Burger