Yoga Kitchen – Simple, healthy and vegan
Anyone on a purely vegan diet would do well to keep a close eye on the proportion of protein. Peas and split peas are an excellent and very cheap source of high-quality plant protein with a rich and varied amino acid spectrum. They also contain a lot of complex carbohydrates and a good deal of valuable fibre.
Dream food, really!
What could be cozier and heartier than a good bowl of steaming hot pea soup in the cold season? And you can do that right from breakfast!
What you need for about 1 litre of freshly made soup:
- 150 gr split peas
- 1 carrot
- 1 onion
- eventually a piece of green celery
- one to one and a half tablespoons of good olive oil
- Herbs such as: cumin seed, savory, fennel seed …
- pepper and salt to taste
Step by step
- Allow the split peas to soak in water for a few hours until they are swollen
- Rinse them in a sieve under running water
- Gently heat the olive oil on low fire, sprinkle in the herbs (cumin seed, savory, fennel, or others, according to personal taste …) and let them fry softly in the oil for a few moments allow them to release their flavour
- Add the finely chopped onion and carrot and fry until they become a little glassy
- Pour in the split peas, stir and briefly fry
- Pour 1 litre of water over the vegetables, bring to the boil
- The cooking time depends on the type of pan: approx. 35 minutes in an ordinary pan. If you use a pressure cooker, reduce the cooking time to about 15 to 20 minutes.
When cooking legumes, add the salt only after the cooking process.
This applies to sea salt, salted soy sauce as well as any salty stock cubes or stock in powder.
Finally, you might add some extra pepper to taste and finely mix the soup with a handheld mixer or in a blender.
Serve nice and hot!
When is the best moment to eat protein?
Some people claim that you benefit more from protein in the morning and at noon than in the evening. They claim it would be best to go to bed “light” with a digestive system that has finished its day job so that all the energy can be put into recuperation at night.
On the other hand, the night is precisely the time when protein synthesis and muscle recovery and building also take place. So according to other authors, it is a good idea to include protein in your last meal so that it enters the bloodstream at night and is available for protein synthesis.
That seems to make good sense.