Did you know that the colour of the food we eat can affect our mood? At least according to Good Housekeeping (18 May 2015). Green symbolises nature and can have a calming effect on our bodies. So we should embrace green foods as they are not only important to our digestive system but are also good for our mental health.
This pea soup takes minutes to prepare and you can enjoy a cup of coffee and read your emails while it bubbles away happily. Throw in some fresh wild rocket at the end for a pungent, peppery finish.
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 leek, roughly chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 celery stick, roughly chopped
1 cup dried split green peas
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 large handfuls fresh wild rocket (about 4 finely chopped tablespoons)
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
4 and 1/2 cups water
1 bay leaf
1 heaped teaspoon sea salt
1 level teaspoon ground white pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil for frying
Rinse the peas thoroughly and strain well. Set aside. Heat the oil in a large pot and add the bay leaf, onion, garlic, celery, leek, parsley and peas. Stir well to combine. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring often. Add the potatoes, seasoning and water. Cover and simmer on low heat for 50 minutes, or until the peas are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and take out the bay leaf. Add the wild rocket and puree.
I’ve entered this recipe into the following: Recipe of the Week by A Mummy Too at: http://www.amummytoo.co.uk/2016/02/recipeoftheweek-27-feb-4-mar/