One Bag of Split Peas: Three Meals

Split Pea Hummus
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One Bag of Split Peas, Three Meals

And the most underrated pulse award goes to…split peas! Seriously, other than the occasional pot of split pea soup, most people don’t experience the joy of these little green guys regularly in their lives. And you should!

Just like all the other pulses out there (pulses include dry peas, chickpeas, lentils, and beans.), they are a super affordable, delicious, sustainable, protein-packed source of fiber. And unlike their slightly-more-finicky friends chickpeas and dried beans, split peas require NO presoaking or precooking, meaning they cook up in a FLASH. Woohoo for weeknight shortcuts!

Today, I’m partnering up with my friends from USA Pulses and Pulse Canada to open up your eyes to the glory of split peas.


They are so tasty, versatile, incredibly healthy, and affordable to cook with. The average cost of beef per serving is $1.49, whereas you can serve dry peas, chickpeas, lentils, or beans for about 10 cents per serving. TEN CENTS! If you’re looking for affordable ways to eat healthier, pulses need to be on your grocery list. Make sure to sign up for the Half-Cup Habit, and see how easy it can be to add a ½ cup serving of pulses to your diet 3x per week.

Canned pulses are a great deal, too, but to stretch your budget even further, drive your cart down the grocery store aisle a little more and pick up some bags of dried beans, lentils, chickpeas, or split peas. A pound of dried pulses runs between $1-$2, and trust me, you can streeeettttcchhh each of those bags into multiple meals. Today, I’m going to show you how to stretch a one pound bag of split peas into three delicious, healthy, meatless meals! Let’s do this.

Summer Split Pea Salad

Summer Split Pea Salad

Split Pea Curry

Split Pea Curry

Split Pea Hummus

Split Pea Hummus

Each of these recipes uses about 2/3 cups of dried split peas, meaning you can buy a single pound of dried green split peas (for a whopping $1.50) and make all three of these dishes. Now that’s how you stretch your grocery budget!

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Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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10 Responses
  1. Chris

    Hi Carrie,

    Great article but you got me on “pulses” I had no idea what a pulse was so you have not only added new food ideas but a new word to my vocabulary! Thanks for all your work for us.

  2. I have been known to eat hummus as a meal, quite often, and my plate looks really similar to yours but…I’ve never tried split pea hummus. This looks great. Can’t wait to try it (and the other split pea recipes too).

  3. Jane

    Just made the split pea curry, and with a couple of tweaks, it was delicious! I added extra paste as it didn’t have enough flavour, and even then it needed more so I added a tsp or so of yellow curry powder. Because we like it spicy, I added some cayenne pepper. Pretty sure it will be a hit with the family and I’d probably double the recipe next time! Thanks!

  4. Robin G. Jordan

    You can also make hummus using dried fava beans/broad bean, dried peas, and red or brown lentils as well as yellow or green split peas and substitute other seed and nut butters for the tahini., including peanut butter. I prefer to use roasted sesame tahini to raw sesame tahini. Cider viegar may be substituted for the lemon juice. I prefer to use stone-pressed extra virgin olive oil for its fruity flavor. I freshly roast cumin seeds in a dry frying pan and grind them in a surabachi mortar. Freshly roasted and ground coriander seeds may be used in addition to or in place of the cumin. Try using fresh ginger juice in place of the cumin and coriander with green or yellow split peas.

  5. Bernadette

    Thanks for the pulses ideas! Lent season is around the corner. These prices on steak and dried beans and peas seams like more than 10 or 20 years ago but the recipe ideas are fantastic! I get help from a food bank and don’t know how to use these foods like lentils and split peas and red onions and lemons. Thanks for the recipe ideas! -Ash Wed 2019

  6. Oola

    Getting the peas to cook just right for the salad was a bit beyond me. Even though I tried to simmer them, the water had cooked away before they were done. Unfortunately, when I added a bit more water, it didn’t take long before they were mushy. The flavor is still decent, but I’m afraid things got diluted too much with the peas. I’m not sorry I tried this, though. I usually cook only for myself and had been spending too much of the COVID19 sheltering time making big batches of stuff in my Instantpot and freezing leftovers that I eat and eat and eat. Split peas seemed like perfect candidates for quicker, smaller batches, no pressure required. I will try the curry for sure. And what the heck, the hummus! Though I’ll probably warm it and serve it over steamed veggies. No matter how full I get, crudites and dip never feels like a meal, and I don’t have the discipline to eat little enough of them to have a meal after. But thanks for having all three recipes close together.

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