As you’ve probably heard, we are on a cleanse. Removing soy, wheat, dairy, sugar, and nightshades (tomato, peppers, eggplant, potato – I didn’t know what those were either until my dad did this cleanse) has been enlightening and also exhausting. The two-week diet is called the Elimination Diet, and the premise is pretty simple: avoid eating common food allergens for a short period of time so your body and gut can heal, then reintroduce the foods one-by-one so you can clearly discover any physical, allergic reactions. Pretty cool, right?! I love the thought of uncovering any allergies so we can have even higher health by avoiding those foods in the future, not to mention I’ve been feeling clearer-headed and lighter after eating every meal.
I told Hoyd that eliminating all of the foods is pretty easy, but removing all of them at the same time has been pretty challenging when eating out. Or when working part-time at a beautiful food market where local sourdough, muhammara, fresh chocolate chip cookies, etc. are two feet away at all times. (Hoyd also has access to plenty of tasty food at work so it ain’t a piece of cake for him either.)
That said, eating in is pretty simple. I love to cook at home (obviously) so I view this as a fun challenge to make everything as flavorful as possible, while cooking without my savory secrets: tomato paste in stock, soy sauce as a more complex salt, etc. I also aim to focus less on eliminating these day-to-day foods and more on incorporating seasonal spring produce.
Enter: this super simple Minty Spring Pea Soup. I love how complex the flavor is, the fact that it’s made in one pot, and that it avoids every allergen on this freakin’ cleanse. My friend Santa who’s a great cook recommended this recipe (adapted from Bon Appetit) while doing a more extreme Elimination Diet, so I knew it had to be good.
Even if you’re not on a cleanse, I think you’d really enjoy this recipe. It’s fresh, savory, and full of layered flavors. I find that it’s also pretty hearty and served it as the main course with smashed sweet potatoes for dinner.
If you’re interested in the beautiful nutrients in green peas while slurping up soup, I highly recommend reading this article. Phytonutrients ftw!
Have you ever done this Elimination Diet?