Ask anyone that knows their beans, especially vegans, just how nutritious and delicious chickpeas are, and they are low in fat! One cup contains 269 calories and a whopping 14.5 grams of protein with only 4 grams of fat. In addition, if you are looking to increase your fiber, chickpeas contain 12.5 grams along with 80.4 mg of calcium and nearly 80 mg of magnesium.
Chickpeas contain all nine essential amino acids which make them a complete protein, necessary building blocks that keep bodies functioning properly.
And, with the spinach, this soup is one of the healthiest in my repertoire and is also fantastic when you have a cold or flu.
I am often asked how do I have the time to make soup when in reality, soup is one of the quickest meals to come together, especially if you use a pressure cooker.
This yummy soup went from raw ingredients to bowls in less than 40 minutes (I used a traditional pot on a cooktop) and the leftovers are almost as good as the first servings.
The key in this recipe is to use red lentils, green lentils just don’t seem to work as seamlessly with these ingredients. You can omit the potatoes, but they definitely add another tasty dimension to the finished dish.
I have always loved split pea soup and this version adds a few more spices than the normal, somewhat bland, version.
Try serving it with a generous portion of crusty french bread or alongside a kale salad. Green + Green helps keep you healthy!
If you want an even hardier soup, try adding a large, diced potato with the split peas or 1/4 cup pearled barley during the last 25 to 35 minutes of cooking. (You may need to add some additional veggie broth if the soup is too thick.)
Healthy Split Pea Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 0.5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Total Carbohydrates 40g
Dietary Fiber 16g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.