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Green Pea Soup
This pretty soup is bursting with low-calorie goodness. The meat-lovers in your tribe will still be looking for a “real meal”, but people who understand the value of eating plants will be all-in. There’s no question Americans should get more of their calories from plants. We all know it, few of us do it.
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- Weight loss
- Diabetes Prevention
- Decreased Hypertension (This link is worth clicking just to listen to the charming brainiac, Dr. Greger.)
- Cardiovascular Health
- Gut Health
- Better sleep
- Why Plants Are Good For You
You’re not going to lose weight or get a better night’s sleep after just one bowl of green pea soup. But, if you consistently upgrade your diet to include mostly plants, you will. This easy soup can help.
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Green Pea Soup
Slice an onion, soften it in olive oil. Add the rest of the ingredients. Puree.
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 large onion sliced, about 1 1/2 cups
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth use low sodium if you can find it. The nutrition label uses regular sodium Pacific brand Chicken Bone Broth, substitute vegetable broth or water to make it vegetarian
- 3/4 tsp dried tarragon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 10 oz bag frozen peas about 2 1/4 cups
- yogurt or sour cream for garnish
Heat the olive oil in a medium/large pot over moderately low heat.
Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir as needed to prevent browning the onion.
Add the broth, tarragon, salt, a few grinds of black pepper and bring to a boil.
Add the frozen peas and cook just until the peas are defrosted. The peas will be cooked before it starts to boil again.
Puree until smooth. I use an immersion blender. If you don't have one, puree it in batches in your regular blender.
Garnish with just about anything: plain yogurt, sour cream, half and half, croutons, black pepper, chopped chives, olive oil, bacon, or leftover ham. Can be eaten hot or cold. Serve with a salad, bread, and a baked potato for a filling plant-based meal.
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