Welcome to Trivia Tuesday!
Today I am going to start with a few trivia questions about one of the healthiest foods on the planet: the humble split pea!
Don’t panic. You don’t have to soak these little beauties. I sometimes get panic texts from friends who are rather afraid of legumes because they can’t remember which ones need to be soaked and for how long.
Well, to simplify things, you don’t have to soak any lentils or split peas at all. That’s why I feel like they are the ultimate fast food. Red lentils cook the fastest at about 20 minutes or so. But green split peas only take about an hour to simmer, and you hardly have to keep an eye on them. They are durable little suckers, and don’t mind if you scorch the pan a little because you forgot to stir them for awhile.
One of the best things about split peas is how cheap they are! You can get a bag of them for close to a dollar, and even if you upgraded to organic you would only be looking at a few bucks to feed about 8 people. Welcome to excellent physical and financial fitness!
I made today’s recipe with equal measures of dried split peas, chopped peeled potatoes, and cubed butternut squash. I sautéed shallots, garlic, olive oil, Trader Joe’s Everyday Seasoning and a splash of white wine. Added 8 cups of water, salt and pepper and cooked it with barely a glance for about an hour. Heavenly and full of fiber, high in protein, and very low in fat for entire recipe.
- 2 cups dried split peas
- 2 cups cubed butternut squash
- 2 cups peeled and chopped russet potato
- 4-6 chopped mushrooms
- 2 chopped shallots
- 8 cups water
- 5 cloves sliced garlic
- 1-2 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 c dry white wine
- 10 twists of Trader Joe’s Everyday Seasoning, or 2 T of dried thyme, parsley, or mix of poultry blend.
- salt and pepper to taste
- Saute garlic, shallots, mushrooms and seasonings in olive oil for a few minutes. Add white wine and cook for a minute. Add all other ingredients and cook on medium simmer for about an hour until all veggies tender.
So here are today’s Tuesday Trivia questions!
- Which of these foods is highest in fiber?
A) 1/4 C dried wheat bran
B) 1 C cooked quinoa
C) 1/2 C cooked split peas
D) 1 C cooked broccoli
2. How are split peas halved?
A) Using large rocks in a factory setting.
B) After harvesting and drying, they naturally split
C) Using a machine called the Splitohaffica, which was originally invented in 3,000 B.C. in ancient Mesopotamia.
D) They listened to the jokes told by the highly spirited red lentils next to them and said “you crack me up!”
3. What scientist studied the inheritance of seed color in peas, and found the green phenotype to be recessive to the yellow?
A) Marie Curie
B) Louis Pasteur
C) Stephen Hawking
D) Gregor Mendel
4. What is the only food on this list that has more protein than a cup of cooked split peas?
A) A cup of cooked lentils
B) A cup of cooked steel cut oats
C) Two poached eggs
D) Panera turkey sandwich
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Winners will pick their favorite food topic for future Trivia Tuesdays on Renata’s Kitchen.