Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Healthy Start to the New Year!......Detox Green Pea Soup!

Ring in the New Year with a healthy start!  Eat and drink too much over the holidays?  Get off to a great start with this recipe!  This is a great detoxifying and tasty soup that is super easy to make.

I have actually made many variations of sweet pea soup, but this one is by far my favorite.  The fresh mint is really key.  To bring another dimension to this simple soup, I like to drizzle a bit of truffle oil on top when serving and garnish with crispy mint leaves.  It brings both earthy and savory elements to the light soup, and the mint crisps bring in another texture.  But, my favorite part is how beautifully bright green and eye catching it is!  Simple yet sexy!

Detox Green Pea Soup

  So, why are green peas so good for you?  They are low in calories, yet high in protein.  A vegan's best friend, you might say!  In addition, they are anti-inflammatory, high and fiber and regulate blood sugar.  After reading more about peas, I think I will incorporate them into my diet more often!

Ingredients/Directions (yields 4 servings)
4 c vegetable broth
1 medium yellow onion chopped
1.5 bag frozed peas, thawed
1 c fresh mint, plus a few extra leaves for granish
2 clove garlic minced
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tbsp evoo
 truffle oil (garnish/optional)

In pot, heat evoo and saute onion and garlic for 3-5 minutes.  Add in broth, peas, mint and seasoning and bring to boil.  Turn to simmer and let sit for 10 minutes.  Transfer to blender and blend until smooth and return to pot to keep hot.
In small pan, heat a touch of evoo until hot.  Drop in mint leaves and cook until crispy, turning once.  This should only take about a minute or less.
Transfer soup into bowls and top with crispy mint leaves and drizzle truffle oil on top.

Great way to start a new year!  Vegan and healthy!

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