Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Weathering the Winter

It's been very cold out there.  I feel bad complaining since I sort of 'escaped' winter for a month, but it's still really cold for a born and raised Saskatchewan girl!  It's always interesting to hear people suffer with seemingly milder temperatures or to chuckle when we're happy that it's only -23C today.  I remember being jealous as a kid when I heard that schools closed in other cities when it snowed, but that's just our reality.  The sun is out, but winter means I want warm dishes and comfort foods.  I love making soups as a great way to include legumes get more vegetables, and stay cozy.

This week I tried a recipe from my Langdon side - a favourite of this couple (thanks for sharing)!  I was very fortunate to receive numerous family and friend recipes at my bridal shower and I love looking through them for inspiration or a new one to try.  I also have a goal to try 10 family recipes on my Day Zero project, so this was an accomplishment in more ways than one :)

Pea Soup with Rosemary and Orange
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced

2 medium potatoes, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
3 cups vegetable stock
1 cup orange juice
1 Tbsp rosemary
1 cup green split peas, rinsed
1 Tbsp soy sauce
3 bay leaves
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp black pepper
salt, to taste

1) Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat; add onion and garlic; saute 3-4 minutes.
2) Add remaining ingredients.
3) Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until peas are cooked (30-40 minutes).

Stay warm and hopeful, the days are getting longer already!
Steph Langdon, RD
something nutrishus counselling & coaching