I love cooking on Sundays. In the cooler weather, I tend to favor soups and stews (either vegetarian or made with small amounts of meat or chicken). This particular Sunday, I perused my fridge and pantry. I hadn’t done my weekly shopping yet but I knew I had some good staples on hand. A lone sweet potato, a cleaned and cut batch of kale from Trader Joes, most of a large onion, a bag of yellow split peas, and some organic low-sodium chicken broth called out to me. I’ve blogged before about using sweet potatoes in soup – if you havent tried it, you should. They lend a lovely sweetness and creaminess when cooked till soft.
This is a particularly easy recipe, and you can do everything right in one pot.
1/2 Tbs olive oil
one medium onion, diced small
1 cup yellow split peas
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
4-5 cups kale, chopped
4 cups low sodium chicken or veggie broth
1-2 cups water
Saute onion in olive oil for 3-4 minutes or until soft. Add split peas and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Add sweet potatoes and turn down heat to a simmer. Cook for about 45 minutes, or until split peas start to get break apart and get creamy. Add kale, mixing thoroughly, and simmer another 5 minutes, until kale softens. Add 1 cup of water, or more, to desired consistency. If you want it more like a stew, less water is better. Like it soupier? Add a little more water. Season as you like. If you use low sodium chicken broth, you won’t really need any more salt. I like to add fresh ground pepper and a dash of cumin or curry powder.
This was the end result, after just one cup of water.
Isn’t it pretty? I love the colors. This dish offers a great dose of protein, fiber, and antioxidants. The house smells wonderful too!
I learned a long time ago to make big batches of food on the weekends so I can have leftovers through the week. Sometimes I’ll just save some for my lunch or dinner the next day, and then freeze the rest. It’s great to have go-to homemade foods in the freezer on nights you don’t feel like (or can’t) cook.
Do you like to cook on Sundays? Any favorite soup or stew recipes?