The nutrional value of yellow split peas is so high that they are a great addition to all of our diet and a healthy choice especially if you are incorporating more vegetarian meals. They are a member of the legume family along dried beans, lentils and chickpeas. split peas are a staple in soups and stew recipes. The USSD recommends consuming one and half cups of pulses including yellow split peas weekly.
Nutrition benefits aside, a major reason to make yellow split peas a part of your diet is that they are so versatile and easy to prepare. One of the easiest ways to cook yellow split peas is to add them to soup. You can try a vegetarian soup with just vegetables or the traditional Ham and split peas.
Yellow split peas soup with bacon
2 ½ cups yellow split peas
4 carrots, diced
½ large onion, diced
5 stalks celery, diced
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 bay leaf (Optional)
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 pinch ground black pepper, or to taste
In a large stockpot on medium-high heat, dry fry the bacon until golden brown (you can add a bit of oil if it starts to stick to the bottom of the pan. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and with the garlic until the onions are translucent, 5-10 minutes. Add the carrots, celery. Followed by the stock and split peas. Add salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 1 – 2 hours or until the peas start to break down.
Serve and enjoy!