Curried Split Pea Soup Recipe

I'm not a huge fan of pea soup, but I did have a bag of green split peas that I panic bought at the beginning of the virus insanity.

Peas are packed with protein. They really fill you up.

Quite out of the blue, it occured to me that pea soup might be a lot more interesting if it were given the Indian curry treatment with some garam masala and coconut milk.

Turns out, I was right.

I am now a fan of split pea soup.

I also used this soup as a way to utilize ingredients that were either usually discarded or getting a little old. This is no time to waste anything that might feed yourself or your loved ones.

8 ounces dry green split peas, soaked overnight
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 shallots, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 serrano, minced
All the not too woody ends from 1 lb of asparagus, sliced small
Leftover stalks from 1/2 lb fresh kale, sliced small
Few ounces leftover spinach leaves
2 tsps garam masala
2 tsps aleppo pepper
2 tsps garlic powder
1 1/2 tbls salt
2 tsps black pepper
3 tbls ol…

It Tastes Like Chicken Salad (Vegan)

Another new taste sensation... Today I tried for the very first time Smart Strips Chick'n. I was very skeptical. Was never a big fan of chicken to begin with.

As per the package directions, I added a little olive oil to a small fry pan and let it get hot. When the oil was hot I added the smart strips. It sizzled and seared. One packet just slightly overfilled a small pan.

I let it brown and stirred. Trying my darndest to brown it thoroughly. I cooked it for about 5 minutes total. Then dished it into a heat safe storage container.

Tasted a couple chick'n strips fresh from the pan totally plain. Was again astonished to discover just how much it tasted like the real deal. I apologize for saying this, but it did in fact, taste like chicken. Actually it was better than real chicken. No ew or ick. More tender. Better texture. It's a little bit salty. I like salty, but even I noticed it. Maybe that's necessary. It wasn't so salty that it was bad, but it's the first time I've noticed a saltiness to the lightlife brand products. Perhaps that's just the nature of a flavor as simple as chicken.

I let my chick'n cool a few minutes and then added a heap of strips to a tossed salad with balsamic vinegar and black pepper as dressing. I usually add salt to my salad, but didn't this time given the saltiness of the chick'n strips.

The package says it has 2 servings, but I would say it's more like 4. It doesn't really take a lot of soy protein to fill you up if you pair it with some vegetables and starch.

The meatless chicken was perfect in my salad. Really a great combo. So obviously it must taste pretty good if I'm happy to eat it in something as simple as a salad. There's no place for it to hide in there.