Monday, September 3, 2012

Low Fat, Low Sodium Soup-Judy's Crowder Pea Soup


Crowder Peas picture from New Hope Seed Company

     I don't know if Crowder peas are a Southern thing or not, but I love Crowder peas! Now, they're not to be confused with Black-eyed peas. They're not the same. The flavor and texture is different. Fall is my favorite season to eat Crowder peas. I realize it still feels like summer, but yesterday I had a craving for them.  The thing is, they need onions, tomatoes and baby gherkins, so I came up with a soup.
     The recipe:
          1/4 large onion
          3 Tablespoons of cooking olive oil (Crisco Light Tasting Olive oil-best for frying & baking)
          1 14 oz can of low sodium chicken broth (I like Swanson's best)
          1 14 oz can of low sodium diced tomatoes (WalMart's Great Value brand is good)
          1 14 oz can of Crowder Peas (low sodium if you can find them. Bush or Luck's )
                (with a potato masher, your hand or spoon, crush up 1/2 of the peas. This give thickness
                 to the soup without having to add cornstarch, etc)
          3 handfuls of fresh spinach
          Sea Salt pinch
          Black pepper ground
     Place a saucepan (see above pan) on medium high, pour three tablespoons of the olive oil into a saucepan, pour in the onions and let them cook while you open the chicken broth, tomatoes and peas, about 4 minutes, don't let them brown. Pour in the broth, tomatoes, peas, salt and pepper, bring to a boil for about three minutes. Put in three large handfuls of fresh spinach. Let cook until spinach wilts like picture above.  Just remember, we're cooking on medium high.  You can lower the heat once you cook the onions, but you will need to adjust the cooking times. 
     Ladle your soup into a bowl, add a gherkin (be careful with the gherkins, unless you can find low sodium, one gherkin has about 180 mg sodium) on the side and maybe a couple of rounds of Melba toast. Enjoy!
 Marinated Baby Gherkins (200 Gr)

1 comment:

A said...

Oh Judy I have to try this!!