Healthy Swaps-Easy Split Pea Soup
When it's cold outside, sometimes there's nothing better than a steaming crock of chowder, bisque, or any creamy, rich soup. Cream-style corn and corn chowder are right up there with mashed potatoes when it comes to winter comfort foods. However, on the health meter and in terms of glycemic impact, many of these comforting choices rank pretty low. A somewhat old fashioned, off-the-beaten-track, healthy alternative? Split pea.
Split peas are relatively low in carbohydrates and have a lower glycemic index than some other legumes, and because they are quick cooking and have the consistency of some favorite American comfort foods, split pea soup makes for a great meal on a chilly day. Add 2 quarts of cold water to 2 ¼ cups of well-rinsed split peas. Let soak overnight, or just simmer for 2 minutes and soak for an hour. Then, bring to a boil, turn down the heat, and simmer covered for about an hour and a half. Add seasonings (salt, fresh pepper, nutmeg) and diced vegetables, such as onion, celery, carrots, leeks, and cook uncovered until veggies are tender.
Reviewed by Susan Weiner, R.D., M.S., C.D.E., C.D.N. 3/08
Mediterranean Burger Zucchini Raisin Muffins Spicy Orange Roughy Tuna Sushi Burgers Broccoli Terrine Black Bean and Rice Salad Blueberry Lemon Sauce Fruity Smoothie Chicken Cheese Ball Salmon and Fettuccine in a Creamy White Sauce
Max Szadek, Divabetic I might be tone deaf, lack pitch and sing off key, but that’s not going to stop me from singing the praises of Graeter’s Low Glycemic ice cream. From the very first taste, I declared it’s “Diva-licious!” Recently I had the opportunity to serve some samples at December’s Divabetic Club Meeting at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. There...