There is something special about opening the door to your home and the wonderful aroma of a roasting ham is permeating from the oven and dazzles the senses. It means of course a dinner with a lean, but flavorful protein followed by the lunches of ham sandwiches. But there also is another gem of a meal that comes with that left over roasted ham and ham bone — Split Pea Soup.
Split Pea Soup does more than warm your soul. An absolute favorite of many and the healthy ingredients yield a nutrient-dense meal in which consuming the soup has a number of health advantages. The simmering of the split peas, fresh carrots, celery and onions packs a flavorful punch of nutrition goodness.
The dietary fiber without contributing to the calorie content of the meal, keeps you full throughout the day! You can eat this wonderful soup to lose weight and prevent unwanted weight gain.This same fiber also lowers the levels of cholesterol in your blood. Split Pea Soup also helps you reach your daily Potassium and this ingredient activates and enzyme in the body to support metabolism! Split Pea Soup brings home a healthy dose of Vitamins A & K, Calcium, Magnesium and Iron.
In a nutshell, a diet high in legumes such as peas can lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes. If that isn’t enough, it can help heal digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS and decrease the risk of developing certain types cancers, especially breast and prostate cancers.
We leave you with a couple of healthy pointers for the home cooks out there- you can further limit the calorie intake by simply using broth as a base instead of cream or milk as like we did, and make your own soup chunkier and even more satisfying by adding extra vegetables such as squash. What a healthful soup Split Pea is!
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Healthy Split Pea Soup Recipe
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Medium brown onion <chopped or diced depending upon preference>
4 Carrots <chopped or diced depending upon preference>
3 celery stalks, thinly sliced
Salt and fresh pepper to taste
1 Box (14.5-16 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
4 Cups water
1 Bag (16 ounces) green split peas, rinsed <we found ours at Sprouts in their Bulk Foods Department>
1 Ham bone from cooked ham <we used Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham from Costco>
2 Cups reserved chopped ham
In a Dutch oven or 5-quart heavy pot with a lid, heat olive oil over medium. Add onion, carrots, & celery; season with salt and pepper. Cook until vegetables begin to soften, 5 to 10 minutes.
Add chicken broth, split peas, ham bone, and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and partially cover; simmer until peas are soft, 30 to 45 minutes.
Once peas become soft, let cool or even allow to chill in refrigerator overnight so the flavors can fully meld. Once cooled enough to manage, remove the ham-bone and set aside. Using a ladle, scoop approximately half of the soup into a blender. We used our Nutri Ninja Blender Duo and it did a perfect job! Blend until pureed. Return pureed soup to pot and mix in with the chunky soup. Remove as much ham from the ham-bone, eliminating fatty pieces and place into pot of soup. Add in 2 cups of reserved chopped ham. Mix and add additional salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!