Peas Date Me!

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January 11, 2012 by Danielle

No the title isn’t a typo or a plea to take me out out for dinner and a movie (but if you want to, I’m down).

It’s about two of my favorite foods: peas and dates. I have not one, but two recipes two share with you and they both use either peas or dates, but don’t worry, I don’t use both ingredients in one recipe.

First off, split pea soup is my favorite soup. EVER.

Sirarcha is perfect on everything. Even on split pea soup. Perfection squared.

How could you not love that?! It’s hearty, it’s creamy and it’s good for you. I got so excited cooking this earlier this week that I ran around my apartment screaming “Split Pea Soup! I LOVVVEE Split Pea Soup! It’s ready!” in order to notify the rest of the house that dinner was ready…but my cat was the only other living being in the house. Oh well…her loss.  

The recipe below will keep you full and provide you with meals for a few days if you’re a normal person….and maybe a few hours if you consume split pea soup like I do.

Way too impatient to wait for a proper bowl. Nigella (see her in the background?) would not approve.

And on to the sweet stuff!

If you haven’t tried a date yet, make a date to try them! Ha. I’m punny I know.

But seriously, if you haven’t tried dates yet, you should because  in addition to being sodium free, fat free and fiber rich, they’re SUPER sweet, which makes them a healthy option for a sweet treat.

Dates require an artistic backdrop.

Last week, I was thinking of ways to use up a surplus of dates and decided to take a chance and add them to a smoothie. I was a little afraid because I thought it would end up a chunky mess. The result?

Deliciousness that’s great for a quick breakfast, snack or dessert.

So here you go-two easy recipes using two great ingredients.

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Split Pea Soup

Adapted from Simply Soup Split Pea and Ham recipe

Serves 1 Dani…or 6 normal people

Ingredients

2 pounds dried yellow split peas (or green if you prefer!)

2 tbsp olive oil

1 cup diced onions

1 cup diced carrots

1 cup onions

32 ounces chicken or vegetable broth

2 cups water

1 cup diced onions

1 cup diced carrots

1 cup onions

3/4 tsp dried thyme

3/4 tsp marjoram

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

salt and pepper to taste

1. Rinse peas in cold water, add to small pot, cover with water and place on stove over medium heat. Boil until white foam forms. Skim off foam and drain peas. Set aside.

Pretty peas!

2. In a pan, heat olive oil over medium heat and add onions, carrots and celery.  

For this recipe, I used Trader Joe's Mirepoix mix, a mixture of pre-diced carrots, celery and onions.

3. Season with 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1/2 tsp marjoram, salt and pepper and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

4. In a large pot, combine peas, chicken stock and one cup of water. Bring to a boil and add half of the onion mix to the pot. Add remaining spices and boil until tender, about one and a half hours.

5. Add one additional cup of water after liquid has evaporated (at about the 45 minute mark).

6. After the soup has cooled, process half of the soup in a food processor until smooth and return to pot.

7. Mix in remaining onion mixture and season with salt and pepper.

8. ENJOY!

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Date Me Smoothie

2 pitted dates

1 c. unsweetened almond milk

1/2 banana

1 tbsp. honey

1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)

3 ice cubes

1. Combine all items in a blender and blend until smooth. If you have a regular people blender like me, it might take a bit longer than usual because you’re chopping up dates, dude!

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