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split pea + sausage soup

Another busy day today, but lots of satisfying eats!  I'm going to keep it quick again, and I apologize.  I have so many things that I want to talk with you all about, but just don't feel like I have a coherent post in me tonight.  I know I've promised a few things, a post on photography, reviews of calorie counting websites, and I definitely owe you a training update.  But I've been using so many brain cells at work that I get home and my mind kinda turns to mush... Hopefully I'll have some time to think and write a bit more clearly this weekend.  And until then, thank you.  For continuing to read.  For commenting.  For being supportive.  I'm a very lucky girl to be involved with such an outstanding community.  :)

Breakfast: banana, date, flax, almond butter oats...yum!  I woke up thinking about this breakfast, and it totally hit the spot.  I tried the Heart Healthy portion (3/4 cup) I've been seeing pop up in the blog world to see if it would make my bowl stick with me longer, but I was still hungry right at noon.  I think I'll stick with my standard 1/2 cup from now on, to keep my calories a little lower.

[487 cal]


  • 3/4 cup rolled oats, 1-1/2 cup water, pinch of salt

  • 1/3 cup mashed bananas

  • 1 tsp real maple syrup

  • 1 tsp ground flax

  • 1 chopped date

  • 1 tbsp almond butter

Lunch: 1/2 slice veggie lasagna and a bell pepper/cucumber salad

[297 cal]


The lasagna was excellent reheated for lunch, just like it should be.  :)  My salad contained:

  • 1 cup red and orange bell pepper

  • 1/2 cup cucumber

  • 1 tsp grapeseed oil

  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tsp dijon mustard

Snack: 3/4 cup cottage cheese.  I didn't eat my apple, too busy and not hungry enough.  I also had 3 large green olives while preparing dinner with my hubb.

[166 cal]


Dinner: the best split pea soup I've ever had!  And a slice of homemade honey wheat bread that I pulled out of the freezer.

[502 cal]


I've never made split pea soup before, but it was so easy and so deliciously warming on this very cold winter night.  The hot italian sausage added the perfect amount of heat, just at the back of the throat.  It was the perfect complement to the sweetness of the peas and carrots.  And the rosemary?  Divine.  Just the right touch of earthiness. This soup has made its way solidly to our list of regulars, I feel certain.


Split Pea + Sausage Soup [inspired by the kitchen sink, adapted from A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen]

makes 6 servings

375 calories, 15.4g fat, 5g sat. fat, 59.5g carbs, 23g fiber, 34g protein


  • 2.5 cups dried green split peas

  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped

  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 5 cups of water

  • 4 cups of chicken broth

  • 1 pound hot italian sausage

  • 2 medium leeks, diced

  • 2 large carrots, chopped

  • salt + pepper


  1. Rinse and drain peas.  Sort and pick out bad peas.

  2. Combine water, broth, peas, celery, rosemary, parsley and bay leaf in large soup pot.  Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a brisk simmer.  Allow to simmer for about 30 minutes, until peas start to split apart.

  3. Meanwhile, brown sausage in skillet.  Once browned, add too soup pot.

  4. Saute' leeks and carrots until soft, about 10 minutes.  Add to soup pot along with salt and pepper to taste.  Let simmer (briskly) for about 20 more minutes, until peas get pretty mushy. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Daily Totals:

  • calories consumed = 1,452

  • calories expelled = none other than the usual...

  • net calories = 1,452

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Reader Comments (32)

Beautiful photos of the soup! Your version looks much more streamlined --- I want to give it a try.

Delicious looking eats as always! Love it! Days like these are perfect for soup.

The soup looks amazing and I don't even like peas! I can't wait to read your training and photography posts - after your brain returns from its mush state!


02.5.2009 | Unregistered CommenterHangryPants

Mmm, split pea is my favorite.

02.5.2009 | Unregistered CommenterShelby

I've never made split-pea soup either although I have wanted to since it's such a great source of protein. Your recipe sounds delicious and fairly easy. Thanks for sharing. Get some rest tonight and Happy Friday!

I just found your blog through Meaghan's post about the bakers for her upcoming bake sale. I love your photos and am totally jealous of your camera, but also love your blog.

I'll definitely be reading more!

02.5.2009 | Unregistered Commentereatingbirdfood

soup looks great! you have really been doing so well with calorie counting and you still get to eat all that delish food!

Ooh, I have a bag of split peas in my pantry, just waiting to be made into delicious soup!

...I just realized/discovered that you're Meghann's cousin! Whoa!

02.6.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMica

Wait, is coherency required when blogging? If so, I'm in serious trouble.

I'd read your ramblings anyway =)

Way to take that Vegetarian Kitchen and "meat" it up! It does look pretty tasty...we will be seeing it for lunch too? Soup always tastes better the next day!

02.6.2009 | Unregistered Commentersarahannmatheny

I have never made split pea soup! You have inspired me!! The cuc/pepper salad looks amazing too!

Love the colorful eats!!

02.6.2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl

You even make leftovers look pretty :) Lovely eats!!!

Have a great Friday!

02.6.2009 | Unregistered Commenterksgoodeats

TOO CRAZY! We just had split pea soup last night (but from TJ's) and added cubed ham and were like - wonder how hard t his would be to make on our own. Now we know - not tough at all! I copied the recipe and we'll try it next time. :) Happy Friday!!!

02.6.2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

I looove a good split pea soup!

02.6.2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

great day of eats! i love how colorful your lunch was!

and yum on the dates - they are my new love! I've got to get some pinenuts and make a salad with the dates now!!!

02.6.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah W.

Gorgeous eats.

I must admit, the new table is growing on me :)

02.6.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeadie

Your oats always make me hungry! :)

02.6.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

ive never had split pea soup- but this looks great! and the yummy leftovers look great too.. sheesh.. all your food looks good!

02.6.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMariposa

Your soup sounds great! I will be adding it to our (very long) to-make list!!

02.6.2009 | Unregistered Commenterrunningwithfood

You know, I'm a vegetarian, but that split pea soup looks AMAZING. I loooove me a good split pea soup and usually make it with chipotle. Like you, I love the heat!

02.6.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

That was a completely coherent post! It made me want your eats at least! Mmm split pea soup is awesome...

02.6.2009 | Unregistered Commentersnackface

mmmm a comforting bowl of soup sounds so nice!

02.6.2009 | Unregistered Commenterbobbi

Your soup looks so good! My mom would love that recipe! I am totally sending it to her!

02.6.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMel

Ooh, I can't wait for the post on photography! Your pictures are absolutely stunning! Seriously I just spent hours reading through your blog and I'm in love. Your blog is fabulous. Keep it up!!

02.6.2009 | Unregistered CommenterElina

wow that soup looks so pretty. you are great at the display! i think even someone who doesn't like pea soup would want to eat that LOL


02.6.2009 | Unregistered Commenterkatecooks

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