I know it’s September and I should be writing about Pumpkin and Caramel and all things fall, but isn’t there one more celebration before all that starts? Labor Day requires one more big party and this Yellow Split Pea Dip is a perfect make ahead dip that’s not only delicious, but provides you with 8 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber in a 1/2 cup serving.
I was asked to teach a cooking class at work, which focused on Health and Wellness. When planning the curriculum, I decided the very first thing that makes every cooking class successful is a delicious cocktail. So, I went to my friend, Kimbrough Daniels’ blog to find this refreshing White Peach Sangria recipe made with white wine, Georgia peaches and peach syrup, lemons, blueberries and club soda. Everyone was pretty happy by the time this class got started.
See how happy they are! Just ignore my co-worker with his arms crossed. He wasn’t having any.
And, I wanted to focus on High Protein, High Fiber Eating. 2016 was declared the International Year of the Pulses to educate people that pulses are a primary source of protein and other essential nutrients. And that seemed to be the perfect place to start. What is a pulse, you ask? You can read more about the International Year of the Pulses here. But, basically, a pulse is the name used to describe legume-type crops that are harvested for the dry seed. You are probably familiar with dried beans, lentils and peas, for example.
So, I found the perfect Yellow Split Pea Dip from Food & Wine. I calculated the nutritional information so you can appreciate what good you’re doing for yourself by making and eating this dip. And I served it with my easy GF Quinoa and Chia Seed Crackers with Garlic and Rosemary, another high-protein, high-fiber food.
I rounded out the class by serving my Gluten Free Chickpea Gnocchi and re-worked a classic Vodka Cream Sauce so I could call it ‘Skinny.’ But, I’ll save that for another day.
Nutrition for 1/2 cup serving: 238 Calories; 8g protein, 22g carbohydrates, 8g dietary fiber, 4g total sugars, 14g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 10g monounsaturated fat, 2g polyunsaturated fat, 27mg calcium, 420mg potassium, 153mg sodium, 2mg iron, 38mg magnesium, 101mg phosphorus.
And, if you really need your pumpkin and caramel fix, please check out 7 Tips for Perfect Caramel and Pumpkin Pots de Creme until next week when I’ll be posting Pumpkin Mousse Profiteroles.
Photography by: Karie Sofie Photography