Hm, you might wonder, how is it possible to bake a split pea soup? I did not believe it’s possible either until I actually did it.
I decided I want to make a meal with split peas as I had some in my pantry. What’s not to like about split peas loaded with fiber, minerals, and protein? Even more, if cooked right, they taste out-of-this world. So I set out on a quest to do just that: make a delicious split pea meal.
But there was a catch. Actually three. I wanted to make a meal with a soupy consistency, a meal that was hearty, healthy, and easy, and, as I had a lot of things going on (as I am sure you do too) I did not want to hover by the stove to stop the split peas from sticking to the bottom of the pan. All 3 requirements were fulfilled with this recipe!
After I sautéed the vegetables, I mixed all the ingredients in an oven-proof pan and “forgot” about it for 1 hour (timer was on, of course 🙂 ). What came out of the oven was not only heavenly-smelling, but also utterly delicious. My whole family raved about it and I hope yours will do too.
If your child suffers from constipation, this is a great meal to help relieve it.
As always, this meal is gluten-free and dairy-free, as are all the recipes on my blog.
Here is another recipe that features legumes. Lentils beans and spinach stew is rich in lentils, vegetables, hearty, and rich in iron.
- 1 cup green split peas
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 cups water
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
- 1 carrot, diced (1 cup worth)
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 1 medium-sized tomato, chopped
- Sea salt (to taste, added when the soup is cooked)
- Ground black pepper or chili flakes (optional, for a spicy kick)
- Fresh parsley
- 1 lb ham (optional)
- Preheat the oven at 350 F.
- Sauté the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery in coconut oil over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add all the ingredients (except the ground black pepper, chili flakes, and parsley) into a 3-quart (3-liter) oven-proof pan.
- Bake the soup for 1 hour.
- Once the soup is removed from the oven, add more sea salt if needed.
- If you want to add a bit of spiciness to the meal, add ground black pepper, chili flakes, or both.
- Sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving.
Add some grated cheese (if there are no dairy issues) for a familiar taste.
As this meal worked very well in the oven, I am sure you could make it in the crock pot so a warm, delicious meal waits your family at the end of a busy day.