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Soup for Healthy Bones and Teeth

To experience optimal health, including flexible and healthy bones and teeth, it's vital that you eat plenty of green plant foods on a regular basis. And ounce for ounce, few green plant foods are more nutrient-rich than green peas.

Green peas are naturally abundant in folate, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, carotenoids, tryptophan, vitamin K, manganese, healthy protein, and a number of other health-promoting nutrients.

Enjoy the many health benefits of eating green peas with the following recipe for Green Pea and Chickpea Soup - it's exceptionally nutrient-dense and calls for highly affordable ingredients.

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Makes about 4 large or 6 small servings

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1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 cups frozen or fresh shelled green peas
1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
2 ribs celery, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
Sea salt and pepper
2.5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
Handful chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (optional for garnish)
Extra-virgin olive oil


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1. In a large soup pot, cook onion, garlic, and celery with a couple of tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil over low to medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables are soft. Stir occasionally.

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2. Add chickpeas, peas, and broth, and bring to a boil over medium to medium-high heat.

3. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for about 15 minutes, or until chickpeas and peas are tender.

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4. Use a hand-held blender to partially blend ingredients in the pot. If you prefer smooth soups, blend everything until well homogenized. If you like texture to your soups, just blend for about 5-10 seconds, which should allow some of the peas and chickpeas to remain intact.

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If you don't have a hand-held blender, blend small portions in a regular blender or food processor; then transfer back to the pot.

5. Season with sea salt and pepper.

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6. If you have fresh chopped parsley or cilantro on hand, sprinkle a tablespoon over each bowl before serving.

Enjoy this nourishing, protein-rich soup on its own, with a heel of your favorite crusty bread, or any grain dish.

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Green Pea and Chickpea Soup Recipe


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I made this soup over the weekend and it was very good! I also sprinkled about 2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese on top and gave it a good swirl - it was very good and I will make it again.

I made this this evening and thought it to be a touch bland so if I were to make it again I would spruce it up just a bit.

How I love legumes. This looks like a tasty dish. I was wondering what you would think of split green pea soup, too. Would it not have the same nutrients as the younger peas? I don't think that the outer skin of the pea contains anything important. Thanx for all your nice recipes.

Split green and yellow peas have an excellent nutrient profile, Samia. We often use yellow split peas to make Korean-style pancakes, which you can find a recipe for in our archives via search. - Ben

Excellent, easy soup with ingredients you have on hand.