A Tasty Split Pea Soup Recipe and A Book Giveaway!

I’ve been cooking a simple and tasty split pea soup recipe for over a year, and I thought it was about time I introduced it to OpenSourceVegan.com!

Here’s The Demonstration of The Simple and
Tasty Split Pea Soup Recipe:

Here’s The Simple and Tasty
Split Pea Soup Recipe:

12 cups water
4 cups split peas
4 medium potatoes, diced
3 ribs celery, chopped
3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder

1. Bring the water to a boil.
2. Add all of the ingredients into a pot, and reduce the temperature to medium to low heat. Stir occasionally. Cook until the split peas are tender, which should take an hour or less.
3. Please watch the split pea soup video above to get some great cooking tips.
4. Eat and enjoy!

Please let me know how your split pea soup turned out in the comment section. Please also let me know if you made any modifications to this recipe!

Additional Tip:
The easiest way to make this split soup recipe is to put it in a crockpot on high for 8 hours.

Videos Mentioned In The Simple and Tasty
Split Pea Soup Recipe Demonstration:

At the end of the split pea soup video, I talked about people who came together to donate over 20 million dollars in free health care for the city of San Antonio this year. Here are some videos that highlighted that amazing event:

San Antonio Mayor Visits Your Best Pathway to Health from NAD Adventist on Vimeo.

Your Best Pathway to Health – San Antonio, Texas 2015 v01nb from Central California Conference on Vimeo.

Book Giveaway!

OpenSourceVegan.com highly recommends the book, the Ministry of Healing, which I believe shares principles of true healthcare. I believe many of the people who did health education and practically met the needs of people in San Antonio were inspired to do so by the Christ centered book called the Ministry of Healing.

This book was written over 100 years ago, but it’s still very relevant today! I know many plant based eaters would love to read the chapter “Flesh As Food” to get a 19th century perspective on animal torture. Reading that chapter alone is worth getting the book, but after you read that chapter, you’ll realize that there are countless precious gems on every page.

OpenSourceVegan.com will mail 1 copy of the Ministry of Healing to at least the first 5 people who say that they want one. Please e-mail me at OpenSourceVegan@gmail.com if you want to be a recipient in this giveaway!


Easy Vegan Waffles

Learn more about how you can host your vegan own waffle breakfast get together here.

Host A Crowd Pleasing, Vegan Waffle Breakfast

How the Waffle Breakfast Get Togethers Started

For a good amount of time last year, I started making waffles for my friends and myself almost every Sunday. We would have banana oat waffles, fruit sauce, natural peanut butter, and fruit. Out of everything I made, all the ladies overwhelmingly liked this dish the most. And if it weren’t for this site, I don’t think I could have had gotten hold on such an efficient waffle maker. After sunset, I would go to the store on a Saturday night to get ingredients for waffle breakfast. Almost every Saturday night, I would run into church members who would ask me what I would be making, and I would respond that it was my tradition to have Sunday morning waffle breakfasts.

They wanted to come to one, so I invited them, and they liked it. They expanded the meal by bringing soy whipped cream and maple syrup. I invited them again, but this was when Dr. Thomas Jackson would be staying at my house. He and his wife came to do a marriage seminar at church. A week or so before they came, another church family invited themselves over to come for waffle breakfast, and they said they would bring scrambled tofu.

Now, I had a dilemma. I was going to a small church, I already had a sizeable amount of people coming for waffle breakfast. What was I going to do for the other church members?

I invited others on that Saturday night before our Sunday morning waffle breakfast. I asked them to bring something when they came. Sadly, Dr. Jackson pointed out to me that I neglected some visitors, which I did, so I got in touch with them that night. The next thing I knew was that this small waffle breakfast had grown into something for about 25 to 30 people.

Early Sunday morning, I got out two trusty waffle irons that can collectively make 5 waffles in around 8 minutes, and I went to work. Thankfully, some waffles were already frozen and premade ahead of time as well. The breakfast was a huge success.

Because of the breakfast’s success, we’ve had about at least 8+ waffle breakfasts for anywhere from 20 to 40 people at church on Sunday mornings. I make the waffles, and people bring items like scrambled tofu, soy whipped cream, fruit sauce, almond butter, applesauce, jelly, homemade kaiser rolls, maple syrup, fruit, and vegan sausages. We’ve had a lot of fun fellowshipping together this year during our waffle breakfasts.

Vegan waffles, maple syrup, almond butter, and soy whipped cream.

Scrambled tofu, blueberry sauce, and vegan sausages.

Up close picture of the scrambled tofu.

Fruit and applesauce.

Our Vision

My church saw this amazing video of a church that actually has an established breakfast ministry for the past two and a half years. They meet the needs of their community, build friendships with them, and then through that, they help people know more about Christ. We have embraced the same mission.

In June, I designed and ordered waffle breakfast business cards from Printing Services in Houston Texas, that we now pass out to the community to invite them to enjoy in our fellowship. We host waffle breakfasts monthly, and on the cards, it has slots to write the date it will be held, the RSVP time, and the church member’s name and contact details. This makes the card very personal. I try to make sure to keep waffle breakfast business cards in my wallet at all times.

How You Can Host Your Own Crowd Pleasing, Vegan Waffle Get Together

1. Watch this OpenSourceVegan.com video on how to make these four ingredient waffles.

2. Get the the world’s easiest, crowd pleasing waffle breakfast recipe here.
3. Set a time and location of when you want to host your waffle breakfast. You don’t have to do it for a crowd of people. You might start with just inviting only two people or so to your apartment or house.
4. Ask people to bring things like fruit, almond butter, maple syrup, and fruit sauce.
5. Enjoy the food and fellowship, and then do it again!
6. Please tell me how it went in the comments section! 😉

Blueberry Fruit Sauce

1 12oz can of apple/grape juice concentrate Water
6 tb. cornstarch
6.5 cups of frozen fruit

Place 1 12oz can of apple/grape juice concentrate in a pot. Use that same can, fill it with water, put 4 tablespoons of water with 6 tablespoons of cornstarch, and mix it with a fork until it’s completely liquefied. Bring the pot of fruit juice concentrate to a boil. Then add the cornstarch mixture.Reduce the heat, and stir constantly until the mixture is thick. This should take 30 to 60 seconds or less. Then turn the stove down to a medium heat, place 6.5 cups of frozen fruit in the pot, and heat it until it’s warm. Stir occasionally.

Tip: Frozen whole strawberries seem to be the cheapest frozen fruits. Also, you don’t have to use that much frozen fruit if you don’t want to.

This goes well on the world’s easiest vegan waffles.

Black Bean Burgers

This black bean burger recipe was basically gleaned from the Vibrant Life magazine, which I subscribe to. I love their short, insightful health articles and their healthful recipes I get every two months.

The picture of above was my lunch, and I enjoyed really enjoyed my lunch. I’ve let others taste the black bean burgers, and they’ve liked them as well.

Brown Rice

1 c. brown rice
1 ½ c. water
Salt (optional)

Turn oven onto 350F. Wash brown rice and place in a pyrex dish. Boil water in a pot. Place water in pyrex dish and cover the dish with aluminum foil. Place in oven for 1 hour.

Yield per recipe:
This yields approximately 2 cups of brown rice.

If your rice is too fluffy, it will be harder to have a firm burger.

Black Bean Burger

1 tsp. water
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. Salt***
2 cups cooked black beans, rinsed and drained (or 1 15 ounce can)
1 1/2 cup cooked short grain brown rice
1/4 cup toasted pumpkin or shelled sunflower seeds, chopped or ground
1/2 cup corn flour, fine cornmeal, or whole wheat flour
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon smoked paprika or paprika

***These burgers might need more salt depending on if you’re not using salted canned beans and your rice is not salted.

Chef’s Note: 
Smoked paprika is made form dried smoked red bell peppers. It has the same smoky flavor as chipotle, but without the heat.

Heat water in skillet over medium heat (if pan is cast iron, reduce heat to medium-low). Add onion, bell pepper, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion and pepper are soft. Continue to cook, until onions start to caramelize, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat.

Heat oven to 350F. Measure out 1/2 cup black beans and set aside. Place remaining beans in mixing bowl and mash. Stir in rice, corn flour, pumpkin seeds, cumin, coriander, and smoked paprika. Stir in reserved beans and cooked onion and pepper. Let stand 5 minutes. Use 1/2 cup of mixture for each burger and form into 6 large burgers. Bake 30 minutes or until lightly browned on bottom. Turn burgers over and bake for another 20-30 minutes or until they’re done.

Note: The speed at which the burgers will be done depends on your oven and where you place the burgers inside the oven. If you’re making a multiple batches of them, some burgers probably will be ready before others if you don’t use a convection oven. Make sure you check on your burgers while they’re in the oven, and also, in the middle of cooking, change their location in the oven so they can cook more evenly.

Yield per recipe:
Six ½ cup black bean burgers.