On to the main event: split pea soup...just in time for the impending Colorado blizzard!
This soup is incredibly hearty and smoky. You would never guess it wasn't cooked with ham hocks! To make it even more irresistible, the protein (almost 20% of the calories and 40-50% of your daily need) and fiber (almost 100% of your daily need) content are off the charts! The version I made for myself was pretty high in sodium...so if you are watching your sodium intake, be sure to use only low sodium vegetable broth, which slashes about 700mg of sodium!