Split Pea Soup

Ingredients:
1 bag green split peas
1 bag yellow split peas
2 yellow onions, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
4-10 garlic cloves, minced
6 carrots, grated
ham hocks (omitted)
2 tablespoons of salt (optional)
dash of pepper

Directions:
Soak the peas overnight. Rinse well. Cook onion, celery and garlic in soup pot with salt (optional) and pepper. Stir until they just start to turn translucent.

Add peas and fill pot until water is approximately 2 inches above the level of the peas. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer for 90 minutes. When soup is done add water if it’s too thick. Be careful, too much water will make the soup thin and watery. When the peas are soft add grated carrots for the last 20-30 minutes.

Serving Size: 16 8 ounce servings

Nutritional Facts:
Calories……….167.1
Total Fat……..0 g
Cholesterol…0 mg
Sodium…………42 mg
Potassium……126.8 mg
Total Carbs….35.7 mg
Protein………….13.1 g

Notes: This recipe originally contain the ham hocks, but is just as hearty and flavorful without them added. You could add the ham hocks prior to boiling your peas if desired. This recipe also called for a “heaping palm full” of salt prior to boiling as well. It is not needed, any salt can be added after the soup is finished.

Source: This is a family recipe from Paula, my boss at work.

Three Bean Salad

INGREDIENTS:
1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 small, mild, sweet onion, thinly sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 tomato, chopped
1 cup salsa, mild, medium or hot
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
Combine beans and vegetables in a large bowl. Place the salsa in a small container, then add the lime juice and chili powder. Stir or shake to combine. Pour over bean mixture and toss to mix. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow flavors to blend.

NOTES: This is a very simple salad to work with. I have also added other ingredients to change the flavor. I have added brown rice, as well as corn. If you like to spice your dishes up, chop up a jalapeno pepper. The combinations are endless. Find yours and enjoy.

Singapore Noodles

Ingredients
1 lb. dry vermicelli pasta
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 onion, sliced thin
2 carrots, sliced thin (optional)
2 celery stalks, sliced thin (optional)
1 Cup bean sprouts
3 green onions, sliced
2 Tbsp. soy sauce (low sodium)
3 Tbsp. curry powder
1/4 Cup water

Directions
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the vermicelli noodles and cook for 8-10 minutes or until al dente. In a high sided pan or wok heat the oil. Add the chicken and garlic and cook until the chicken is browned. Reduce the heat to medium-low add the onion, carrots and water. Cover and steam for 5 minutes. Stir in the celery and green onions.

Mix in the soy sauce, curry powder and bean sprouts. Stir until the dish is blended and hot, cook for 5-7 minutes. Toss in the noodles and serve with a chili sauce or soy sauce.

Notes
I know I was looking for the proverbial “needle in a haystack” went I searched the Internet for a recipe for Singapore Noodles, which is Asian for “clean out the fridge.” I am quite spoiled because of the dish that is served in Oakland at Phnom Penh. He makes an outstanding noodle dish with chicken, add some of this signature chili sauce and it’s a dish to die for. My attempt didn’t come close to what they serve, but in a pinch it works. Unfortunately I have yet to duplicate the chili sauce, nonetheless this is still good, either as a side dish or a main course.

You can serve this dish meatless or add pork, shrimp or beef if desired. I prefer chicken in my Singapore Noodles. You can also add or delete any of the above vegetables depending on what you have in your refrigerator. I prefer my noodles with bean sprouts, firm tofu and green onions and a crushed peanut topping. Experiment and see what works best for you.