Split Pea with Baked Veggies
|Yellow split peas||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Sunburst zucchini||3 , chopped|
|Carrots||3 , chopped|
|Olive oil||1 Teaspoon|
|Sea salt||1 Pinch|
|Chives||1 Tablespoon, chopped|
|Nutritional yeast||1 Tablespoon|
If you are using dried beans in your healthy vegan recipes, they must be fully cooked before adding them in with the vegetables. Split peas do not need to be soaked before cooking, but if you like to it doesn't hurt to soak them for an hour. This will reduce their cooking time by about 10 minutes. Be sure to drain the soaking water since it contains some of the gas-producing power of the beans.
Add enough water to cover the peas by 2 inches. Gently boil them with NO salt. You can add a bit of kombu (seaweed) to the cooking water while they boil for improved digestibility. Split peas will take about 30 minutes to cook.
While they are cooking, you can prep the vegetables by cutting them and putting them in a baking dish. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over them, then stir them to coat. The best way to do this is with your hands. Next, sprinkle a pinch of salt and mix that over the vegetables as well. At this point, you can put them in the oven until the peas finish cooking and the vegetables soften slightly. If you like your carrots soft, put them in on their own first as they will take longer to cook than the zucchini.
If you are using canned, look for a can that does not have any salt listed in the ingredients. Some varieties are actually cooked with kombu, which is ideal. Be sure to rinse and drain the beans before using them. If you are using canned, or have pre-cooked your peas, simply mix them in with the vegetables and put them in the oven together.
Add the dill, chives and nutritional yeast (if using) with the split peas and stir in with the vegetables. Season with enough salt for the peas, and pepper if you like, and put the whole thing back in the oven for 10 minutes (if the vegetables are already baked) or 30 minutes (if the vegetables haven't pre-baked), until the vegetables are softened to your liking. I hope you enjoy this split pea recipe, the latest of my healthy vegan recipes.