I decided to try Dr. McDougall’s vegan split pea soup as a potential pantry back up for when I don’t have the time or the energy to cook. I also need something I can keep in my desk drawer. There are several flavors but I was feeling adventurous and decided to try the split pea first. I got it at my local Publix and it cost about $2.50.
With 120 calories and 300 mg of sodium, I thought it seemed like a doable option. I was nervous about the packet inside because it reminded me of those Ramen Noodle Packages O’ Salt. Fortunately, this one was not nearly as bad.
When you pull off the lid, there are little bits of chopped and dried up veggies. The ingredients are listed as Pre-cooked Split Peas, Barley, Dehydrated Vegetables (Onion, Carrots, Potatoes, Celery, Garlic, Parsley), Yeast Extract, Natural Flavor (Non-animal Source), Potato Starch, Lemon, Citric Acid, Black Pepper, and Sea Salt. Add the flavor packet and microwave and here is what you get…
Not very appetizing is it? There were some diapers in my past that looked similar to this so I was quite hesitant. But I knew I had to at least try it. The first spoonful was a bit grainy.
It is definitely not a smooth soup. However, the taste was not bad. The second bite tasted a bit better than the first and so on and so on. Until I ended up with this…
So clearly I ended up enjoying it. Practically licked the container! It tasted hearty and most of the veggies got really soft and liquified, but there was still that grainy texture that was a little off-putting at first.
I am amazed at how much my taste buds have changed with eating healthy foods. Anything new and unfamiliar gets adjusted to rather quickly. I would probably buy this soup again, but I have a few more flavors to try too. Next will be black bean! ~Amanda Rae