Vegetarian Barley Black Eyed Pea Soup Recipe

Go ahead and book this one for your post-Easter meal – a Vegetarian Barley Blacked Eyed Pea Soup recipe. After indulging in the traditions – ham, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and what not – you’re going to want something a little on the lighter side afterwards.

But this Vegetarian Barley Black Eyed Pea Soup recipe isn’t just great for a post-feast recovery meal. You can use it for a light entrée any time. In fact, I made a big batch of this one Sunday and saved off individual servings to store in the freezer for later. I’ve had them after post-work workouts and just-plain lazy days, and they’ve been a relief to have on hand. Served with saltines or (my preference) toasted whole grain bread with a light smear of butter, this is easy eats perfection.

Vegetarian Barley Black Eyed Pea Soup Recipe

If you’ve been reading The Chic Life for long, you know I’m a big fan of homemade soup.

Vegetarian Barley Black Eyed Pea Soup Recipe

There aren’t many things I think re-heat better, and I’m so over canned soup. I haven’t had any in years since the canned versions usually have so many extra, unnecessary ingredients and entirely too much salt. With each passing year, I’m turning more and more into that stubborn old woman who knows exactly what she wants and demands nothing less, and I’m okay with that.

Vegetarian Barley Black Eyed Pea Soup Recipe

Did I mention there’s kale in this Vegetarian Barley Black Eyed Pea Soup recipe? Yep. As you know, I’m a fan of this dark green superfood. And hey, it’s one of the most hipster foods, apparently.

Vegetarian Barley Black Eyed Pea Soup Recipe

Guess I’d better stock up on craft beer and PBR to make this a complete meal.

Vegetarian Barley Black Eyed Pea Soup Recipe

Vegetarian Barley Black Eyed Pea Soup Recipe
 
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Vegetarian Barley Black Eyed Pea Soup Recipe makes for a great, light meal for lunch or dinner or even a nice, cozy snack. Enjoy with toasted whole grain bread or saltines.
*Vegetarian, vegan*
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 medium-large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 32-ounce boxes broth of choice
  • 2 cans black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (8.8 ounces) 10 minute barley from Trader Joe’s, rinsed (or sub any type of barley, but adjust cooking time, as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 6 sprays Bragg’s Amino Acids, optional
  • fresh parsley, chopped, optional
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onions and carrots and cook until onions are translucent, about 5-6 minutes.
  3. Add broth, black eyed peas, barley, sage, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook until barley is done, 12-15 minutes (or until cooked according to package directions if you’re using another type of barley). Add more water if you want the soup more brothy.
  4. If using, spray in Bragg’s Amino Acids. Taste test and season with additional salt and/or pepper (or Bragg’s), as needed.
  5. Serve. Garnish with fresh parsley, if using, and enjoy.
Notes
Note: I used 10 minute barley from Trader Joe’s, which I recently discovered. This saves a lot of cooking time since most barley cooks for more like 45-50 minutes, but you can use any type of barley you wish. Just be sure to cook the soup long enough so the barley is the texture you want.


Note: If you store the leftovers for later, you may notice the barley soaks up more of the liquid. When you go to re-heat it, you may wish to add some more broth or water to make it more liquidy.


Ingredient Note: I really like the canned black eyed peas from Eden Organic. Not only are the beans organic, the can is BPA free. The ingredients are simply organic black eyed peas, water, and kombu seaweed. Eden Organic uses the kombu instead of salt when cooking their beans since it offers many benefits, including adding flavor and working as a tenderizer for dried beans.

 

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Happy cooking!

Totally 80s Dance Fitness Party

Any 80′s fans out there? Last month, I hosted one of my favorite theme classes to date. I wanted to post that I recently hosted an 80s-themed Zumba class. But, seeing as how most classic 80s songs are pop, and Zumba classes should be at least 70% Latin, that wouldn’t be accurate. We only had one Latin song on the playlist, and that was a samba remix of Take On Me. So yes, I co-hosted an 80s themed night of dance fitness with my friend Ashley – two back-to-back classes. And we had SO much fun at our Totally 80s Dance Fitness Party!

Totally 80s Dance Fitness Party

I started class with the above outfit. I wanted to go with a Madonna lacy skirt look, but I couldn’t find the ruffle skirt I wanted to wear, so I opted for leggings and leg warmers and an off-the-shoulder shirt instead. My hair wasn’t exactly done in an 80s style, but I had reason behind it…

Totally 80s Dance Fitness Party

{Cool down outfit for the Totally 80s Dance Fitness Party – don’t worry, there are shorts under there!}

…I did a costume change! I realized late the night before class that a) I had a dress, necklace, and hair style that semi-resembled Madonna’s from her Like a Prayer video and b) I already had a cool down choreographed to the song. It was too perfect…and silly. But, I figured if I could make my class laugh a little, it was worth it. I was fortunate enough to have some guest instructors attend the class, so they were able to lead the song right before the cool down so I could run out quickly and change.

Madonna - Like a Prayer Outfit

{Madonna snapshot from her Like a Prayer video – photo found via Google images}

{Like a Prayer music video in case you want to watch}

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Here’s my full playlist from the Totally 80s Dance Fitness Party:

  1. Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles*
  2. Hey Mickey – Toni Basil
  3. Bad – Michael Jackson
  4. Take on Me (Batucada / Samba) – ZIN Volume 43
  5. Motownphilly – Boyz II Men
  6. Whoomp! There It Is – Tag Team
  7. Let’s Go Crazy – Prince*
  8. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leopard
  9. Two of Hearts – Stacey Q*
  10. Jump – Kris Kross
  11. Wanna Be Startin’ Something – Michael Jackson
  12. Maniac (BOF Flashdance) – Michael Sembello*
  13. Footloose – Kenny Loggins
  14. Time of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (Dirty Dancing Soundtrack)
  15. Like a Prayer – Madonna

We didn’t have enough 80s songs to make a full playlist, so we used a couple 90s songs, too. And we had four new songs (see *) on the playlist with three that I choreographed. I wrapped up a couple just before class, so they were finished in the nick of time. Phew! I had a couple others that were almost done, but I guess I’ll have to save those for next time! Till then, I’ve been using Maniac and Let’s Go Crazy quite a bit in my other classes. Of the new songs, I think Maniac is especially fun. I took a lot of inspiration from the Maniac music video, so it’s like a dance fitness version of that. Wheeee!

Ashley did some fantastic new toning choreo to some of my favorite 80s songs in the second class (like I Think We’re Alone Now!), which made the tough workouts strangely and happily enjoyable. Gotta love that!

The Totally 80s Dance Fitness party was a blast! I had so much dancing with class and the guest instructors. The energy in the room was so high and lively. I definitely want to do another one of these one day!

Have you done a fun dance fitness theme class recently?

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