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Green Monster Split Pea Soup

Kids Cook Monday is a movement to include kids in the kitchen with adults regularly, which has been shown to have many benefits: family bonding time and better nutrition chief among them. This fun recipe provides a blast of veggie nutrition, and the fun name (and monster garnishes!) will have your kids asking for seconds!

Green Monster Split Pea Soup


Green Monster Split Pea Soup

Yield: 8 servings 

Ingredients:

1 C carrots

1 C zucchini

1 C yellow squash

1/2 onion

2 garlic cloves, peeled

1 T olive oil

1 C quinoa

1 1/2 C split peas

8 C vegetable broth

1 whole ham bone (optional for flavor)

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Vegetables for garnish (such as red pepper lips, sliced veggies for hair, and yogurt dollops with olives for eyes)

Directions:

Adults can cut carrots, zucchini and squash into large pieces. Dice the onion and garlic cloves. Place the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the diced onion and garlic and sauté for 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant.

Together (adults & kids): Combine the sautéed onions and garlic, carrots, zucchini, squash, split peas, vegetable broth and ham bone if using. Season with the cayenne pepper.

Adults: Bring to a boil, turn heat down to medium-low and simmer for 45 minutes, or until the split peas are tender.

Kids: Carefully rinse the quinoa, until water runs clear.

Adults: Place a pot of water on the stove over medium-high heat and cook the quinoa according to package directions.

Together: When the peas are tender, remove the ham bone, transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Place a scoop of quinoa into each bowl and ladle the soup over the top.

Kids: Decorate your monster soup using your own imagination! Enjoy!

Nutrition: Calories 272 | Total Fat 4.9g | Saturated Fat 0.9g | Trans Fat 0.0g | Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium 783mg | Potassium 821mg | Total Carbohydrates 40.1g | Dietary Fiber 11.8g | Sugars 5.1g | Protein 17.5g