Split Pea & Potato Soup (slow cooker)

Split Pea & Potato Soup (Slow  Cooker)

split pea and potato soup

We love split pea soup but sometimes it’s a little too thick and heavy for Spring/Summer.  Here’s a recipe for a lighter version that’s just as delicious, has very few ingredients and cooks in the slow cooker.

This recipe is great for vegetarians, it’s also economical and very simple to prepare.  Enjoy!

Recipe

  • 8 cups of water
  • 2 cups yellow split peas (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 cup diced potato
  • I cup diced onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (or substitute 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 6-7 hours.

Add salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.

Variations:  Add chopped celery and/or carrots.

Chunky Granola (Gluten free)

Big chunky bits of granola to satisfy the sweet tooth. Quick, easy, gluten-free, vegan and delicious!

Chunky Granola

Chunky Granola

  • 1 1/2 cups oats

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)

  • 2 tbsps nut butter (I used almond butter)

  • 3 tbsps honey

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • ½ tsp sea salt

  • ½ tsp cinnamon (optional)

  • 1 cup total of dry *options  ( I used ¼ cup choc chips, ¼ cup chopped medjool dates, ¼ cup dried cranberries, ¼ cup hemp seeds)

*Options are limitless eg. Coconut, almonds, walnuts, raisins, peanuts, dried fruit etc

 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

  • Mix all ingredients together well.

  • Pack mixture down flat on a baking sheet that has been covered in parchment paper (optional)

  • Bake approximately 15 mins (longer if you prefer a more toasted granola)

  • Allow to cool. Break apart into chunky pieces.

  • Store in an airtight container.

Mexican Quinoa

Mexican Quinoa

 

I love it when I come across a recipe that is not only delicious, healthy and easy but its also made in one pot in 30 minutes!

Mexican Quinoa

  • 1 tbsps Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 jalapeño (minced)
  • 1 cup quinoa  (rinsed well & drained)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 can black beans  (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes (can use fresh peeled & diced)
  • 1 can kernel corn
  • 2 tsps chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1-2 avocados (diced)
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • Chopped cilantro or green onion to garnish
  1. Heat oil over medium heat.  Add garlic and jalapeño and cook for 1 minute stirring frequently.
  2. Stir in quinoa, broth, black beans, tomatoes, corn, chilli powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer until quinoa is cooked, approximately 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in avocado and lime juice.
  5. Garnish with cilantro or green onion.

I can think of so many ways this recipe can be changed to suit your needs and leftovers can be stuffed into green peppers or squash, or try adding shredded cheese.

 

 

Adapted from Damn Delicious

 

 

A New Path!

I am one week away from a new experience that I hope will be the start of a new outlook on life.  The old cliché of wanting more from life has hit me full force and instead of pushing those thoughts to the back of my already overloaded brain as I usually do, I have decided to take a different path.

I haven’t sold everything, quit my job and bought a ticket to Bali (that would be a bit drastic and I don’t think my husband would support it.)  Instead I have taken a baby step and have signed up for a “Weekend of Awakening Yoga Retreat” in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

This might not sound like a big deal for most people but for an introverted, anxiety riddled, borderline crazy person with ADHD, this is a huge deal.  I thought hard about this retreat for a full week before I signed up and knew that once I had paid for it, it would be harder to back out because I may have anxiety, but I’m also frugal and not ashamed to say it.

There are a few things that scare me about this retreat:

  • A weekend with strangers!

  • What if everyone knows each other except me!

  • I have to share a room with a stranger!

  • I know very little about yoga!

  • There will be strangers there!

  • And so on and so forth!

You would think that at my age I wouldn’t have all these highschool phobias but I fully admit that I do (and that’s another scary part…what if I’m the oldest person there?).

At work I can draw on my knowledge, experience and common sense to guide me through any situation and I can fake self- confidence very well but in unknown situations I am a mess. Truthfully, I would rather stay home on the couch with my husband eating chocolate and watching movies but unfortunately, that doesn’t change my thirst for self- improvement or my quest to find more meaning and balance in my life.

So… I’ve decided to get off the couch and step off the hamster wheel for a few days. I need to take a new path towards self-discovery and my hope is that I learn some new tools to help me live a more meaningful life.

I also hope that through the principles of yoga I find a way to silence my brain for at least a moment.

Wish me luck!

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