Yup Peas are green and some people don’t really like the color green in their food. My husband is one of those. So in order to make sure he eats his peas, there are several things you can do to hide them in a variety of foods.
But if you like peas you are OK in my book because there is nothing sweeter as far as I am concerned in the vegetable line than Peas. Especially when they are fresh out of the garden. You can get them at the farmers market or pick them from your garden and serve them that evening for dinner.
Peas are full of vitamins, sweet and a beautiful color of green. One of the best ways to hide your peas is to puree them and add them to soups. Green peas are one of the most nutritious vegetables that are rich in folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A and rich in calcium, iron, copper, zinc and manganese. You might call them a super food.
I like split pea soup and it is fairly easy to prepare from either fresh peas or dried peas or frozen. Split pea soup is the ultimate comfort food and with ham it makes for a hearty meal.
Split Pea Soup
This recipe uses frozen peas or you could use fresh as well.
1 container Chicken Stock (32 oz.)
2 cups water
1 ham bone
2 packages frozen peas or 32 oz. fresh
1 tsp thyme leaves
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder or you could use 1 small fresh onion
¼ tsp celery seed
½ cup light cream
1 cup diced ham
Place stock , water, and ham bone in large saucepan. Bring to a boil on medium heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 1 hour. Remove ham bone and skim off excess fat. Cut off any ham on the bone and save for serving of the soup. I like to put my ham in the soup rather than eat is on the side.
Stir in peas and seasonings. Cook on medium heat 5 minutes or until peas are heated through. Puree mixture in batches using a blender or food processor on high speed until smooth. Return to saucepan and stir in cream.
Ladle into soup bowls and serve with ham, sour cream, croutons and green onions.
Tomorrow I will tell you about that weird named salad I wanted to share with you all. Until then – Think Spring and Farmers Market time.