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Mint & Pea Spring Soup

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Spring is in full bloom and I just love all the produce in abundance during this time.  Yesterday together with a friend we hosted a lunch to raise money for Ladies in Pinks chosen foundation this year – A Quest for Life.  We kept our meal plan aligned with the season.  Starting with this delightful soup which we served at room temp.  All our guests loved it!  Green peas are incredibly delicious, and have a flavour and texture which has me feeling nourished and comforted.

This soup is also fantastic to make ahead of time for the week when you need a quick yet nourishing lunch, dinner or side to a meal. Green peas are incredibly nutrient dense with both vitamins and minerals, but even more so with protein! All of which are so important when practicing a healthy lifestyle, but especially for plant-based eaters.

Mint & Pea Spring Soup Recipe:
Ingredients
  • 5 cups fresh shelled peas or 500 gms bag of frozen peas
  • 2 cups vegetable stock (low sodium, organic)
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup chopped spring onions
  • 2 small red potatoes
  • ½ cup pea shoots (for garnish)
  • ⅓ cup fresh mint, chopped
  • ⅓ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • fresh mint 3 leaves (for garnish)
  • 2 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • optional tsp hemp & chia seeds to garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan add oil and onion, cook over medium-low heat for 2-3 mins
  2. Add diced potato (skin on) 5 to 10 minutes, until softened.
  3. Add the vegetable stock and water and increase the heat to allow the mixture to come to a boil.
  4. Add the peas and cook for 3 to 5 minutes (very quick cooking), until the peas are tender. If you’re using frozen peas it will only take 2-3 minutes.
  5. Taking the pot off of the heat, add in fresh herbs, pepper, and adjust for seasonings.
  6. Next, pour half of the mixture into the blender (or divide the mixture in thirds) and puree/blend a little at a time until the entire mixture is creamy.
  7. Garnish with fresh mint and peas (can be served warm or cold)
  8. Enjoy!

    At home we keep our garden flourishing with seasonal delights.  Getting the children involved helps them get excited about what to eat and grow!garden_home_grown_children garden_home_grown_children_Tay