Roasted Eggplant Split Pea Soup

Roasted Eggplant Split Pea Soup

Things have been getting uncomfortable lately. By “things,” I mean my jeans. With the slow wave of my hand, I bid adieu to the delicious treats I consumed over the holiday season, albeit reluctantly.  Tight booty jeans on the brink of seam destruction? Say it ain’t so! As fun as it was to take a swim in the pool of gluten, sugar and milk, I simply can’t keep up the habit because purchasing bigger new jeans is not worth the expense when the acquisition is only to accommodate my growing hips.

Ergo, diving into the roots of this site is both positive and necessary. This site is about roasting. It’s about vitamins. It’s about minerals. It’s about healthy habits, dern it! Not skyrocketing insulin. It’s time for a clean out. The foot’s been stomped.  For me, detox requires a lot of vegetables, fruit and water. And faith. Faith that the desire to curl up in a ball and cry at the trough of my sugar low will eventually end. And it will folks, it certainly will. All it takes is a few pounds of whole foods and the utter refusal to buy new jeans.

Roasted Eggplant Split Pea Soup #vegetarian #healthy #recipe

Step 1 to detox: Remove yourself from the problem (empty, empty carbs) or better yet, remove the problem from you (i.e. release your iron grip on the bag of dark chocolate chips into the hands of your boyfriend and look away while he hides it somewhere far, far away). Step 2 to detox: Sweat. Sweat like it’s your job. Step 3 to detox: Water. Step 4 to detox: Real food. Step 5 to detox: Grey’s Anatomy.

Roasted Eggplant Split Pea Soup

This soup is tasty and filling. It is full of comfort, it is full of what I need to keep a proper-fitting jean.  To keep the recipe vegan, simply stick with vegetable broth (and don’t sprinkle cheese on top like I did), or to make the recipe hardier, chop up some ham or bacon. The soup satisfies and it gets you back on track after a long, long stretch of offtrackedness.

Roasted Eggplant Split Pea Soup

Author: Julia
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry split peas
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 large eggplants
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil separated
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 cups vegetable broth

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, bring 2 cups of dry split peas and 6 cups of water to a full boil. Add the sage and salt. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook covered for 40-50 minutes, until peas are soft, soup is thickened and creamy.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise, drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil and some salt on the flesh. Place the eggplants skin-side up on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until the flesh is very soft.
  3. While the eggplant is roasting and split peas are cooking, sauté the onion in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until soft and browned, about 15 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked split peas to a blender and blend until creamy. Transfer the split peas back into the large pot.
  5. Scoop the eggplant flesh into the blender and discard the skin. Add the sautéed onion and a cup of the vegetable broth in with the eggplant and blend until smooth.
  6. Transfer the eggplant mixture into the large pot with the split peas. Add the remaining vegetable stock, bring to a gentle boil and remove from heat. Serve with shredded cheese on top.

Roasted Eggplant Split Pea Soup

 

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    1. Julia Post author

      You said it. I’ve never been one to go ape-shit around the holidays over food but this year I was on sugar like white on rice. baaaaaad news. But the process of getting back to normalcy has been kinda fun so far, I have to admit!

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    1. Julia Post author

      It’s for the best that you can do without the Grey’s….it’s shamefully addicting. Good luck on your detox…just know that I’m right there with ya!!

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  1. Meghan

    This is hilarious and that soup sounds really great! I hope you mean the older seasons of Grey’s; that show REALLY derailed ;).

    I’m in the same boat though unfortunately! Sugar comas commence. No wonder everyone’s grumpier in January.

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    1. Julia Post author

      I’ve been watching season 8 on netflix (what season are they up to now?) and have been have become seriously emotionally attached to the characters….come to think of it, Grey’s has been part of the reason for my dire need for sugar recently…I’ve been glued to it with my face in a bowl of ice cream. 😉

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    1. Julia Post author

      Lauren, you and me both. I have to laugh at how much sugar and wheat I managed to get in my system during the holidays, but it’s going to be a long road to recovery 😉

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  2. a farmer in the dell

    I just threw away a bag of Hershey Kisses. And yes, it was still halfway full. I finished lunch, went to the trash can and almost unwrapped one that was lying at the bottom of the can. I NEED HELP! This soup sounds like the perfect cure for my chocolate addiction! Thanks for a great recipe!

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    1. Julia Post author

      Strong woman! It takes a loooooot of strength to actually throw chocolate away. I’m proud of you and keep trucking on your detox! We can support each other – I’ll be your sponsor, you can be mine and we’ll notify each other when we’re about to fall of the wagon! Chocolate will not win! 🙂

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  3. Min

    Hi Julia! Your style of writing is so lovely and entertaining ;). I should start detoxing too. I’m so glad you stopped by my blog as it led me to you! I look forward to following you and swapping recipes. Your photos are gorgeous, btw! I recently purchased my first DSLR and have been learning and practicing like crazy. It’s quite fun ;). Who knew? I’ve never made split pea soup before. I usually gravitate towards Korean soups. I am dying to try this recipe! Thank you for sharing! Hope you are having a blessed day.

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    1. Julia Post author

      Min, I’m happy to have come across your site as well!! Congrats on the new camera! They definitely take some practice (I’m still learning) but they’re tons of fun and the photo quality is great. I love trying different types of food so I’m going to hop over to your site and check out some of your Korean soup recipes!

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    1. Julia Post author

      Oh man, I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself when I’m all caught up…I like the idea of having an inventory of Grey’s episodes at my disposal!

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  4. Anne@FromMySweetHeart

    Julia….this looks amazing! I love eggplant. And I love split pea soup! But I would never have thought to combine the two! I eat soup all year round and am always happy for beautiful, new recipes like yours! : )

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    1. Julia Post author

      I wouldn’t have thought they’d work either but they’re actually great compliments since both flavors are very mild. Like you, I’m a big soup eater so from one soup lover to the other, I’d definitely recommend this recipe 😉

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