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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Week 13 : Split Pea Soup, Vegan Style

1 1/2 cup dried peas
6 cups vegetable broth
2 cloves garlic
2 stalks + 3 in piece celery
handful of baby carrots, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
3 whole cloves
1/2 tea salt
1/2 tea pepper
1/2 tea cumin
1/2 tea curry powder
1 small bay leaf
1 Tbs brown sugar

Poke cloves into 3 inch piece of celery stalk.  Place all ingredients, except brown sugar, in Crock Pot.  Cook on LOW for 12-15 hours.  Remove celery with cloves and bay leaf.  Add brown sugar.  Depending on what consistency you want, place soup in food processor and pulse a few times.  Soup should be thick and slightly chunky.

What is this Vegan recipe all about?  As a sacrifice for Lent, my friend has chosen to become vegan and asked for a little help.  Now, I gave up chocolate and it is going to be a long enough 40 days and 40 nights.  I figured he was in for a tough time too, but I had no idea until I actually started looking for vegan recipes.  Imagine going that long without a piece of bacon or slice of cheese!!  Or a dollop of sour cream!!  This was my first attempt of intentionally cooking vegan.  Not sure its my thing.  The soup tastes good, but its a little different for my taste.  It didn't so much taste like pea soup, but more of a sweet carrot soup.  And it's not very pretty- notice the carefully placed croutons in the pic to make it fancier!  Not sure this is a winner in my book.  But rest assured, no animals were harmed in the making of this recipe.  In fact, my dog even got a few baby carrots out of it!

*Note: After giving this more time, I am actually really enjoying it!  I would probably make this again.


  1. I am changing my mind. The more I eat this, the more I am liking it. Still tastes different, but pretty good.

  2. Good crouton placement! What on earth has your poor friend done that he feels he must go vegan for Lent in order to atone! I will pray for him.... ;)

  3. Robin, he is a good boy! I'm sure he will accept your prayers, but what he really needs is a roast beef and cheddar sandwich!!

  4. I was just thinking it would have been a great submission for Mandy's Ugly Food. I like split pea soup, but roast beef and cheddar sounds so much better!

  5. How funny Chris! I had the same thought- this is U.G.L.Y.!! I'm still eating the leftovers though and it is still getting better! I'm liking it now and would probably actually make it again...maybe with ham in it!