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Rather than the traditional Christmas ham, turkey, or goose, our family is mixing it up a bit this year.

My sister-in-law came up with the great idea of having a soup buffet, complete with sides such as hummus, veggies, salads, and fruits.

I think it is a smashing idea for a happy and healthy holiday!

I just whipped up this tasty and festive soup, which I plan to share.


Vegan Gluten Free Split Pea Soup

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups dried split peas
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 8 cups water
  • 8 cups organic low sodium vegetable broth
  • 6 organic carrots, chopped
  • 6 organic stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 organic red pepper, diced
  • 1 organic green pepper, diced
  • 4 sweet potatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried parsley
  • 2 T dried basil
  • 2 T dried thyme
  • 2 T ground black pepper
  • 2 T dried marjoram

Saute the oil, onion, bay leaf and garlic in a (cast iron) skillet until the onions are translucent. Add in the carrots, celery, peppers and sauté.

(Hint: I used the Cuisinart to chop all the veggies/potatoes.)

In a large stock pot, combine peas, brown rice, potatoes, water, vegetable broth, parsley, basil, thyme, pepper, and marjoram. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Add the sautéed carrots, celery, peppers, garlic and onion sauté to the soup. Serve when hot. Enjoy!