Vegetarians hear the worlds most annoying question; “But, how do you get your protein?!” Well carnivores… there are more ways to get protein then from just meat. Seriously. There are tons of grains, nuts and legumes packed with protein and tons of other nutrients. The truth is most of the population gets too much protein in the first place; and most of it is derived from animal based products. Because of the varied vegetarian diet, we get more then enough proteins without evening trying, and its healthy protein.
Quinoa is the queen of whole grains. It contains all of the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. It is a seed with a fluffy, creamy texture, and has a somewhat nutty flavour when cooked. One cup of cooked quinoa contains 18 grams of protein and nine grams of fiber.
Holy Fiber Batman!
2 cups dried split peas
10 cups water
6 carrots sliced
2 small onions chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cube vegetable bouillon (or 3 tbsp powdered bouillon)
1/8 tsp thyme
1/8 tsp marjoram
1 cup quinoa
1/4 cup Braggs seasoning
Heat a small amount of oil in a large stock-pot. Add onions and garlic, stir until onions are tender. stir in water, carrots, dried peas, quinoa, bouillon, and Braggs seasoning. Heat until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for one hour.
Tip: I like to make enough soup to freeze in portions and then put them in my lunch. I am so busy that pre-made healthy vegetarian meals such as this one are a life-saver when you are on the run!