Québécois-Style Pea Soup

Tabitha: I have had a bag of split peas on my shelf for a year. Finally I was inspired to use it when I got into a discussion about how canned pea soup doesn’t seem to taste good anymore when our taste buds are used to cooking from scratch.

Peas are a legume, which simply means edible seeds. Legumes, also called pulses are all great sources of protein and fibre. They are also a low glycemic index food.

Here is my recipe for pea soup (based off http://www.canadianliving.com/food/quebecois_style_pea_soup.php)

1 lb (454 g) ham, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-3/4 cups (425 mL) dried yellow split peas
2 bay leaves
1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme
1 dried chili pepper
3/4 tsp (4 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
Enough water to cover ingredients

1. Trim off and discard skin from ham, dice.
2. Chop vegetables and add all ingredients to your slow cooker.
3. Cook on low 8 hours. Serve!

So simple! So delicious! Tastes even better the second day.

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