Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup with Garlic Croutons

Palm Springs, CA

If your looking for a great soup that you can prepare in no time, and let your slow-cooker do all the work, try this wholesome flavorful dish.  Put it all together in the morning, go outside, get a nice hike in or a run.  Get your errands done, do some grocery shopping, take your kids to the park, or go to work.  Come home to a dinner that is ready for you.  That is what I call multi tasking!  Top with garlic croutons and crispy smokey coconut bacon!

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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
vegan, gluten free, oil free
serves 4
prep time: 10 minutes, cook time 6- 8 hrs

1 cup split peas
4 ½ cups water or vegetable broth
1/8 cup liquid aminos (only if using water)
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp celery seed, or 2 stalks celery, sliced
½ tsp marjoram
½ tsp onion powder
¾ cup yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp liquid smoke

Put all ingredients except liquid smoke in slow cooker.  Cook 6-8 hours on low.  Add liquid smoke before serving.  Add garlic croutons and serve immediately.

Garlic Croutons
2 slices of thick cut bread
1-2 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp garlic powder
salt & pepper

Let slices of bread dry out on a paper towel for about a ½ hour (or use day old bread, bread going stale).  Cut bread into 1inch squares.
Drizzle each square with olive oil, and sprinkle garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Toast in oven or toaster oven, turning once until crispy and golden brown.  You can also opt to pan fry them over med-high heat until crispy and golden brown.

Coconut Bacon (makes another wonderful soup topping)
Easy, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Salads, Toppings, Vegan, Oil free*

1 cup unsweetened coconut (flakes or shredded)
1/8 cup tamari
1 tbsp maple sugar or 100% real maple syrup
1 tbsp liquid smoke

Preheat oven to 300º.  In a bowl, stir well to combine all ingredients.  Spread into a thin layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake 10-20 minutes, stirring it up every 5 minutes or so, until dry and crispy.  Allow to cool.

*You can also make this in a nonstick pan over medium heat, instead of the oven.  It may take a little dash of olive oil to get it crispy.  Sauté about 10 minutes, stirring often.

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