If you are vegan/avid health freak/ curious George- than you couldn’t have escaped the pea protein craze.
Evidently, a lot of vegan protein powders are made of, mainly , pea protein.
I thought to myself-( I do that a lot. it’s definitely a good thing to befriend yourself, especially in times of social isolation- but not only then).
Why not go to the source?
Then I remembered I don’t particularly like pea soup.
I have no idea why.
I mean- now I do know why- and I have an urge to share this revelation with you.
Turns out I don’t like dried peas, that’s all.
I know, I know- I’m vegan, I’m supposed to love everything remotely resembling a legume.
But I don’t.
I don’t like quinoa, either. (in case you cannot go on reading without getting to the bottom of this strange dislike for the almighty quinoa- then here is a link to the explanatory post).
But- there is hope, so it seems.
As it happens- a few weeks ago I bought 3 packages of frozen peas, (huge sale in my online supermarket), and since I have this thing against keeping stuff for too long in the freezer, I got up and decided to make something with a large bag (OK, not that large- 800 grams )of frozen peas.
Rice and peas? ok-its tasty- but- what about some soup?
So I started the way I start every cooked dish- I diced fresh onions, garlic, peeled carrots, peeled potatoes, condiments, a dazzle of olive oil, salt&pepper.
I pan fried the lot for about 10-15 minutes- until the carrots were tender. then added the bag of frozen peas, and stirred every minute or so- let it fry for a good 10 minutes or so- then added boiling hot water, a little bit of coconut cream , and when everything was nice and ready- used my hand mixer to blend everything to a soft consistency.
This is my hand mixer, next to the all time favorite apple sauce.
Don’t get discouraged- this might look a bit odd- but I assure you the taste is great.
This yummy soup is not only super healthy , but is also creamy, satiating, warming, comforting, and I think that’s about it.
A cup of Fresh peas ( not the soup- but the peas themselves) contains 124 calories (that’s practically nothing! this is like a medium apple !) , 22 grams of carbs, 8 (!) grams of fiber (that’s a wow, mind you), and 8 (!!!) grams of protein. aside from that- they contain antioxidants, vitamin A, folate, manganese and more.
Here is a certified link to assure you of the above data.
I have 3 things to say:
1.No wonder so many protein powders use peas as a main source of protein.
2. this soup is so filling and comforting, you will be grateful you made it when you’l look for your lunch on a chilly autumn day in the office.
3. I wondered whether frozen peas are as good as fresh peas, and my My online research on the subject concluded that there is no significant difference- since the freezing process keeps the freshly picked peas in good condition, whereas the time that passes between the farmer picking the peas and you actually enjoying them- is many times not a short while.
But! if you are one of those dream gardeners that grow peas, or have any kind of access to one of these people-
You know what to do.
1:toasted leftover bread.
2.home made spelt TORTILLAS. (easy recipes are available online).
4. coriander/parsley + homemade toasted nuts.
Who said vegans don’t enjoy great -healthy -protein packed food???
Enjoy- the cooliflower.