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15 Pounds

I found out from my mom this week that she and my aunt Karen have decided they need to lose weight.  And by weight I mean that last 15 pounds that is just always there.  Since this has been a goal for a while with no results they decided to make it a challenge.  If they can lose 15 pounds (each) by Thanksgiving they get to go to the Bahamas. I’ve been invited to come too… if I lose 15 pounds.  Well I’m not sure I can lose 15 pounds by Thanksgiving, but I’ve got it to lose so I’m going to try.

Thankfully my husband, Ryan, will eat anything.  He doesn’t seem to know the difference between salad (without dressing) and pizza.  Me, I’d prefer the pizza every time, and I’ve never heard of salad without dressing.  But I’m trying to eat healthier… which means I need to make something other than pizza.  This week we made a split pea soup and it was actually good, so I thought I’d share the recipe.

3 cups & 2 to 3 tablespoons water

1 Medium yellow onion, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced

1 teaspoon finely minced ginger

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon ground turmeric

¼ teaspoon chili powder

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 cup yellow split peas, uncooked

¼ teaspoon salt (or to taste)

Heat 2 to 3 teaspoons water in a saucepan.  Cook onion, garlic, and ginger until they start to soften, about 5 minutes.  To prevent sticking, use more water.

Add curry powder, cumin, turmeric and chili powder and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add more water, as necessary.  Add tomato paste and cook, stirring for a minute or so, thoroughly mixing paste with other ingredients.

Add 3 cups water and split peas and stir to combine.  Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 40 minutes, until split peas are soft and broken down.  Add more water if necessary.

This makes a thick stew you can eat over couscous (al la Ryan) or you can add more water to make it more like soup (my style.)

And since I don’t have a photo of the Bahamas (I have to go there first!) here is a photo of a daycation spot I love just north of NYC.

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