Homemade Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

Vegetarian split pea soup Is a delicious and comforting food that has it all: It’s healthy, low in fat and calories, vegan and is super easy to make!

Vegetarian split pea soup

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

Course Soup
Servings 4
Calories 235 kcal


  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 small)
  • 1 cup chopped carrots (2 medium)
  • ½ cup chopped celery (1 stalk)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup dry yellow or green split peas
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp raisins


  • Stovetop:  Place all ingredients in a stockpot.  Bring to a simmer and cook for 60 minutes or until desired tenderness.
  • Slow cooker:  Place all ingredients in a slow cooker.  Cook on high for 8 hours or low for 12 hours.
  • Instant Pot:  Place all ingredients in the instant pot.  Lock lid and set the machine to cook at high heat for 12 minutes.
  • Hack:  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Hack:  Freeze leftovers in serving-sized portions for up to 3 months.
  • HackDehydrated vegetables can be used in this recipe!
  • Hack:  Check the produce department for loose carrots, onions and/or celery stalks.  If you don’t see them, ask a clerk if they’re available.   
  • Hack:  Shop the salad bar if you just need a small amount of an item that you don’t think you’ll use again before it “goes over”.
Keyword appetizer, dried legumes, dried peas, easy, healthy, homemade soup, light meal, low calorie, meatless, pea soup, soup, soup course, split peas, vegan, vegetarian

Did you know?  Peas are a member of the legume family.  Legumes come in many options, are inexpensive and packed with nutrition!!

Suggestion:  Top this soup with easy homemade croutons!

Homemade Easy Chicken Fajita Soup

This easy chicken fajita soup combines fajita spices with chicken, black beans and rice to create a light and flavorful addition for any time of day!

Easy Chicken Fajita Soup

Easy Chicken Fajita Soup

Course Soup
Servings 12 1-cup servings
Calories 234 kcal


  • cup dried black beans
  • 1 cup dry rice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped (2 cups)
  • 2 onions, chopped (2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (4 tsp)
  • cups chicken broth
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped (2 cups)
  • 1 tb chili powder or to taste
  • tsp ground cumin
  • tsp paprika
  • ¾ tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp dried cilantro
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp lime juice


  • Cover beans with 2 cups of water and allow to soak for 6 - 12 hours.  Drain and rinse.
  • Add 2 cups of water and beans to a saucepan.  Turn heat to medium.  Cover and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until tender, checking occasionally to ensure there is enough water to keep beans from scorching. 
  • Prepare rice according to the directions listed on the package.
  • (NOTE:  The above steps can be done ahead.  Store beans and rice tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.)
  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.  Add bell peppers and onion.  Saute for 3 minutes then add garlic.  Saute for 1-2 minutes longer.
  • Pour chicken broth and tomatoes into the pot.  Stir in chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, cilantro, salt and pepper. 
  • Add chicken and bring to a light boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until chicken has cooked through and internal temperature registers at 160℉, 10-15 minutes.
  • Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let it rest for 5 minutes.  Cut it into small strips.  
  • Return chicken to pot along with rice, beans and lime juice.
  • Reheat if necessary and serve with shredded cheese, if desired.
  • Hack:  Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  Be sure to subtract any days that you stored the cooked beans and/or rice before making soup.
  • Hack: Freeze leftover portions sealed in serving-sized portions for future use for up to 3 months.
  • Hack:  One 15 oz can of black beans can be substituted for the dried beans in this recipe.  Drain, rinse and add to the pot.
  • Hack:  One 15 oz can of diced tomatoes can be substituted for the fresh tomatoes.  
  • Hack:  2 cups of cooked chicken can be substituted for the chicken breast. 
  • Hack: Dehydrated vegetables can be used in this recipe!
Keyword chicken, chicken rice, chicken soup, easy, fajita, homemade soup, low calorie, Mexican, soup

Did you know?  Although the term fajita was not used to refer to a food item until 1971, the dish itself was made popular in the 30s in Texas.  Migrant workers received meat scraps as a part of their pay and this would have been one of the ways they made them into a meal!

Suggestion:  Serve this soup with some freshly made authentic naan flatbread!

Toasted Ramen Noodles

Toasted Ramen Noodles

Toasted Ramen Noodles


2 tbsp olive oil

½ onion, chopped

½ cup frozen peas

1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

½ tsp parsley

2 oz block of plain, dried ramen noodles, slightly crushed

1 cup beef bouillon, hot

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 cup leftover beef or pork, chopped


Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and saute until onion is soft and translucent, 5-8 minutes. Add peas, garlic, salt, pepper and parsley. Saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add crushed ramen noodles and saute, stirring continuously, until lightly browned, 3-5 minutes.  Turn heat up to medium-high.

Pour beef bouillon over noodles gradually to maintain sizzle in the pan and allow liquid to absorb, still stirring constantly.

Add balsamic and Worcestershire to the pan, scraping the bottom to deglaze.

Stir in meat and cook just until warmed through.

Serve immediately.


2 servings, 360 calories per serving

½ cup frozen onions can be substituted for fresh onion in this recipe.

Hack:  Dehydrated vegetables can be used in this recipe.


Easy Homemade Ramen Noodles

These delicious and easy homemade ramen noodles are low-calorie and full of nutritious ingredients which make them a perfect choice for a snack or simple meal.

Easy Homemade Ramen Noodles

Easy Homemade Ramen Noodles

Course Side Dish, Snack, Soup
Servings 2
Calories 225 kcal


  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp dried chives
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced (1 cup)
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced (1 cup)
  • 2 oz dry ramen noodles (1 block)


  • In a large pan mix stock, parsley, chives, ginger, garlic and soy sauce. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Add chicken, carrots and celery. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender and chicken is no longer pink.
  • Add ramen noodles and cook for 5 minutes or until noodles are tender.
  • Hack: Find plain, dry ramen noodles in the Asian section of the supermarket
  • Hack: Check the produce department of your local grocery store for single carrots or stalks of celery to avoid having to buy an entire package. Frozen carrots and celery would also work in this recipe.
  • Hack: Shop the salad bar if you just need a small amount of an item that you don’t think you’ll use again before it “goes over”.
  • Hack: Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root? Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it! Simply place in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.
  • Hack: Cooked leftover chicken can be used in this recipe. Add it in at the end of cooking the ramen noodles so it will have just enough time to get warm.
  • Hack: Feel free to substitute whatever vegetables and/or proteins you have on hand! You can also use whatever stock or bouillon you prefer.
Keyword Asian cuisine, Asian food, Asian side dish, chicken, homemade Asian cuisine, Homemade Asian food, Homemade Japanese food, Japanese, Japanese food, ramen, soup, Traditional Asian Food, traditional Japanese soup

Did you know that slurping your ramen is not considered rude in Asian countries?  As a matter of fact, it’s expected. Click here to check out some fun facts about this food!

Suggestion:  Love ramen?  Try some toasted ramen noodles or Asian coleslaw with ramen noodles.

Dehydrated vegetables can be used in this recipe!

Traditional Homemade Wonton Soup

This traditional homemade wonton soup is a traditional Asian dish that’s meant to be warm and comforting. Wontons can be made in large quantities and frozen for later use!

Easy Homemade Wonton Soup

Easy Homemade Wonton Soup

(Courtesy Yuhong Sun)
Course Soup
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 3
Calories 375 kcal



  • ½ lb ground pork
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • 1 egg
  • 40 wonton wrappers
  • 6 cups water


  • cups vegetable broth
  • cups water
  • 1 tomato, chopped


  • Mix pork, scallions, ginger, cornstarch, vinegar, sesame oil and egg in a bowl.
  • Place 1 tsp mixture in the center of a wonton wrapper. Wet edges of wonton and fold to form a triangle shape. Seal edges. Press two corners of folded wonton together to form a hat and seal.
  • Bring six cups of water to a simmer in a large pot.
  • Gently place 12 wontons into boiling water. Add ½ cold water and allow water to return to a simmer. Add more cold water as needed, ½ cup at a time, to maintain a gentle simmer.
  • When wontons float to the surface of the water (about 5 minutes), scoop from the pot and lay on a plate in a single layer.
  • In the meantime, mix broth and water in a pan. Add tomato and bring to simmer.
  • To serve, place one cup of soup in a bowl with 4 wontons.
  • Hack: Freeze remaining uncooked wontons in a single layer on a baking sheet. When solid, transfer to a freezer-safe container. Cook from a frozen state, allowing 2 extra minutes to cook. Any leftover wonton wrappers can be wrapped tightly and frozen as well.
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For a short tutorial on folding wontons, check out this video!

For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine at home, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube!

Suggestion:  If you love Asian-style soup, check out Yuhongs homemade hot and sour soup!


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