OK I did not take great photos of this, and it really doesn’t photograph well, but it tastes so good, so savory and comforting! And it is SO EASY.
Here I am on week 3 of maternity leave, and to be honest, I rushed all the preparations I wanted to make before baby into the first 2 weeks, due to an urgency I felt that this little boy would come about 2 weeks early! Reason being, both my husband and I were born 2.5 weeks before our due dates! However, we are almost at 39 weeks and little guy is still cozily tucked away, and I find myself with, gasp, free time! So I decided it is time to rebuild healthy habits, both for $$ saving while I’m off work for several months, and for that postnatal nutrition that will hopefully fuel effective breastfeeding! That being said, my energy levels are pretty low, and I know they will be even lower when I’m sleep deprived a few weeks from now, so the goal tonight was an easy recipe I can replicate when I’m exhausted but need hydrating nourishment! This one was pretty darn easy. I used my instant pot and a carton of veggie broth from the store. All you need:
-1 carton (4 cup) of broth of choice
-1.3 cups split peas (i had a mix of yellow and green)
-2 large bay leaves
-3 cups water
-2 large shallots, chopped
-2 cloves garlic, chopped
-1 large stalk celery, sliced
-1 very large carrot, sliced
-salt 1/3 tsp
-pepper 1/3 tsp
-basil/oregano, dash each
-random garlic/herb seasoning, dash
-earth balance/butter/coconut oil for sauté
OK, so all I did was sauté the veggies in some earth balance on the sauté feature on the instant pot for a few minutes until shallots were becoming translucent. Then, I added my herbs/seasoning, carton of broth, water, and split peas. Then I closed the instant pot and put it on bean setting for 20 minutes and used slow release setting. THAT IS LITERALLY IT. And this was so savory and delicious and hydrating, and healthy! I served it with some cornbread I had bought earlier today off the salad bar at Whole Foods, and this meal was SO filling!
I will definitely remember this when I need an easy meal this winter! You could easily add so many other veggies, any type of potatoes, greens, and even some whole grains. Enjoy!