Split Pea Soup! part 4 of 4

split pea soupSplit pea soup got a bad rap in some classic horror flick I can’t remember, but just wait a little minute, here, because it deserves another look.

It’s yummy, it’s cheap, it’s filling, and it digests by the time you go to bed. And that lets you rest, rebuild, and repair all night. Which tends to make you fully rested in 6 hours. (Why do they say you need 8 hours of sleep? Because that’s the national average. When you eat whole plant foods for dinner, you may find yourself waking up 1-2 hours early, fully rested, and feeling amazingly energetic all day. That’s because your body was truly resting, when you were asleep–instead of working in overtime all night to digest pork roast, or a hamburger.)

Here’s my split pea soup recipe. It’s cheap to make, you can keep it in the fridge for a week, and it’s better the 2nd and 3rd days as flavors come together. It’s a great new recipe in your arsenal of strategies to eat more plants and increase your nutrition for better energy and ideal weight.


1 ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil

1 yellow onion, chopped

1 bay leaf

1 ½ cloves garlic, minced

1 cup dried split peas, rinsed well

½ cup brown rice, rinsed well

7 cups water

2 carrots, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 ½ potatoes, diced

2 Tbsp. dried (or 4 Tbsp. fresh) parsley

1 ½ tsp. dried basil

1 ½ tsp. dried thyme

1/3 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp. sea salt

soups onIn a large pot over medium-high heat, sauté the onion and garlic in the oil until the onions are translucent. Add the peas, rice, bay leaves, salt, and water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 min., stirring occasionally.

Add the carrots, celery, potatoes, parsley, basil, thyme, and pepper. Simmer for 30 min. until the vegetables are tender. Serves 6.

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  1. We all love this meal at our house! When I made this for my in-laws, it was totally awkward when my sis-in-law said, “This is so good. I never like it when Dad makes it, but this is so yummy!” (He was there when she said it :/)Apparently bacon or ham can’t make any dish taste good! 🙂 Ha!

  2. Alright… I just have to say that switching to a whole foods diet can be difficult at times. Especially when you try tasteless after tasteless recipe. All while trying to convince your husband to continue to encourage you and help keep you motivated for the sake of your family! Well, I have tried SO many different recipes and this one was GREAT! It is worth it and you will not be disappointed. Thanks Robin!

  3. I thought it was bad to cook using olive oil because it breaks down when heated. In this recipe you suggest sauteing the onion and garlic in olive oil. Can you please explain this? Thanks.

  4. I continue to be plagued by the number of carbs in some smoothies, let alone the split pea soup. I was always told by my endocrinologist to
    keep my carbs below 70 to lose weight! What is everyone opinion?

    1. shari, i totally disagree with the carb obsession and the whole idea of counting carbs. carbs have been our primary fuel source in most cultures since the dawn of time, 80 percent of our calories. eat whole-foods carbs, and avoid refined carbs stripped of nutrition (white sugar, white flour, white rice, etc.).

  5. Made this last night! It’s got great flavor! I thought it might be bland because it didn’t call for any broth. Not the case. Quite the opposite. My husband raved about it. I’ll be adding this to my favorites!

  6. It would be nice to have a way to just print out this recipe in black without having to print the whole thing here. A little PRINT button after the recipe would be great!

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