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pea soup

Be Globally Inspired

We’re so lucky to live in the modern world, where the sheer volume of foods available is staggering – the U.S. alone produces about 350 billion pounds of food every year (about twice as much as needed!).

Because of the exchange of plants now, people around the world can benefit from all sorts of plant foods, from the sun-craving (like grapes, olives, and citrus) to the cold-loving (like wheat and apples), and everything in between.

Add the great ethnic diversity in major cities across the globe and you have a wide variety of cuisines from all over the world.

In many cities, you can enjoy authentic Thai, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Italian, French, Indian, and Chinese any day of the week.

Modern “comfort foods” include tacos, spaghetti, or Chinese stir-fry.

Flavors from different food cultures are even woven together to redefine traditional foods.

And now the food world is getting even smaller, as we incorporate even farther away countries into our foods lexicon, from Ethiopian to Vietnamese to Malaysian.

Recipe of the Day:  Swedish Pea Soup

Active Preparation Time:  7 minutes

Total Preparation Time:  1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours (not including soaking)

Every country has its own plant-based food traditions, including Sweden.

Pea soup dates back to ancient Roman times, when it was a nutritious, peasant food staple, but it eventually became one of the time-honored foods of Sweden.

Made with yellow peas, this simple soup is prepared with sweet, zesty mustard.

Pea soup’s wonderful history is justified by the nutrition in each bowl:  14 grams of protein, and a good source of several essential nutrients.

Makes 8 servings (almost one cup each)

1 pound dried yellow peas (see Notes)

6 cups water

1 medium onion, diced

1 tablespoon reduced sodium vegetable broth base

1 tablespoon prepared mustard (e.g., Swedish, whole grain, or Dijon; see Notes)

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon low-sodium herbal seasoning blend

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon marjoram

1 teaspoon thyme

*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.

1.  Cover the dried yellow peas with water and soak overnight.

2.  Drain the peas and place them in a large heavy pot.

3.  Add the remaining ingredients, stir well, cover with a lid, and bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the peas are tender.  Add water as needed to replace moisture lost to evaporation.  Remove the bay leaf before serving.

Notes:  Traditional Swedish pea soup uses whole yellow peas (not split).  If you can’t find whole yellow peas, substitute split yellow peas, but reduce the cooking time by about 30 minutes, as they will cook faster.

Swedish mustard, which can be found in some gourmet and international shops has a sweet yet spicy flavor.

To make this in a slow cooker, soak and drain the peas, then combine with the other ingredients and cook for 4-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low.

Per serving:  203 calories, 1 g total fat (0 g saturated), 59 mg sodium, 36 g total carbohydrates (5 g sugar), 15 g fiber, 14 g protein.

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from Plant-Powered For Life by Sharon Palmer, RDN

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