Minty Pea Soup

It's much too hot this week to cook be in a heated kitchen let alone eat hot food, so this quick-to-make soup has been perfect. It's chilled, minty and bright! It is also very easy to make (under 25 minutes).  

Garnish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a sprig of mint and serve the soup alone, with a tasty sandwich or pair it with a nice salad. Serves 4.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups green peas, fresh shelled or frozen
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 20 fresh mint leaves, torn
  • salt & pepper
  • 3 1/2 cups broth
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp butter or ghee
  • 2 Tbsp snipped chives or green onions

Instructions

Mix peas, onions, lettuce, mint leaves, salt, pepper and the broth in a pot. Heat to boiling; reduce heat and cover. Simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. In batches, puree the soup in a blender until velvety smooth. Return to the pot and stir in the yogurt, butter and chives or onion. Serve chilled with the same garnishes after refrigerating for up to 24 hours. (or serve hot garnished with a mint leaf and some sprinkled chives).

Sachi Doctor

Elemental Alchemy, 90 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611

Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.