Broccoli Olive and Corn Salsa Recipe

I'm just mixing up cultures as I see fit. All cuisines, from all over the world, have the human palate in common. They can blend in some amazing ways. 
This has a really fresh and clean flavor. It's light, but filling. Ideal for the end of summer. It just needs a little bread or rice to go with it. 

Make sure when you serve it to coat the bread or rice with some of that scrumptious sauce!
Salsa Recipe Ingredients
2 broccoli crowns, chopped small
1 can small black olives, halved
2/3 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 shallots, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 poblano, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tlbs olive oil
1 tbl hot sauce
2 tsps spicy mustard
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsps dry thyme

Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Let rest overnight. 

The broccoli cooks in the acid and the frozen ingredients thaw without losing their color or flavor.

Vegan Split Pea and Potato Soup

Split pea soup is a hearty and healthy meal and vegan would be glad to eat. It takes a little time, but it's not hard at all. You just have to be patient and your tastebuds will be rewarded.

1/2 dried split yellow peas (soaked at least 24 hours)
1 can vegetable broth
1 can diced potatoes
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup frozen bell peppers
1/2 medium white onion diced
salt and pepper
1 tsp olive oil

Heat a large sauce pan containing olive oil on medium high heat. When hot saute onions until translucent. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.

Add broth and soaked peas. Stir. Cover. Adjust heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes.

Test peas for softness. They should be tender. If not, add a little water and continue simmering until they are.

When peas are tender turn off heat, but leave pan on warm burner. Use a hand masher or a stick blender to puree the soup until only a smattering of lumps remain.

Add pepper and spices. Stir. Cover. Let sit about 3 minutes or until peppers are heated through. Turn heat to low and stir often if neccessary to thaw and heat peppers.

It's delicious hot straight from the pot or served cold. You can add anything else you like and the flavor will still be good. Beans, corn, asparagus, greens, panko, nuts. It's a flavorful yet neutral base. And a great vegan meal.