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Soups on for Super Bowl Sunday, Chicago Special Soup Event

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Soup’s on for Super Bowl Sunday, Chicago Special

Healthy alternative for Super  Bowl Sunday
Give your Super Bowl Sunday food fest a healthy option. Soup, steaming in a mug or bowl, can warm the heart of most football fans. If you eat a couple bowls of soup, most likely you’ll consume less deep fried foods. Eat a lot of the good stuff and just sample  the bad deep-fried and over-salty stuff. Moderation is key.

Here’s a split pea soup recipe from Mary Beth Lutjen, Master of Culinary Delights for all three Mather’s–More Than a Cafe in Chicago.

Did you know that split pea soup is the local Chicago favorite and most requested soup at Mather’s? According to Lutjen, the split pea soup is filling, comforting, and reliable…everything a soup should be.

Chicago: Price of soup based on the weather
Bowls of soup will be offered at the price of the temperature that day. If it’s a high of 10-degrees outside (brrrr), then bowls of soup are just 10 cents. This offer is good through the end of February. That sounds like a great deal!

And for the rest of us who won’t be going to Chicago, here’s the recipe:

Mather’s—More Than a Café Best Ever Split Pea Soup Recipe:
2 lbs split peas, rinsed
2 onions, chopped
6 carrots, chopped
2 potatoes, peeled and diced
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 bay leaves
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon pepper
4 ½ quarts water
6 tablespoons chicken base

Combine all ingredients in big stock pot. Bring to boil. Cover. Simmer for approximately 2 hours. Stir frequently. Add more water to achieve desired consistency. Serve.

Mather’s—More Than a Café rotates this vegetarian version by adding chopped ham off the bone or smoked ham hock. Feel free to add your meat of choice to change  the recipe or substitute vegetable stock for some of the water. Lastly, garnish with chunky croutons.

About Mather LifeWays
Based in Evanston, Illinois, Mather LifeWays enhances the lives of older adults by creating Ways to Age WellSM. Founded in 1941 by entrepreneur and humanitarian Alonzo Mather, Mather LifeWays is a unique non-denominational, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a continuum of living and care; making neighborhoods better places for older adults to live, work, learn, contribute, and play; and identifying, implementing, and sharing best practices for wellness, workforce issues, memory care support, and empowering caregivers. To learn more about  senior residences, Community Initiatives, and Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging, call (847) 492.7500.

Mather’s—More Than a Café locations:
–7134 W. Higgins Avenue, Chicago, IL 60656
–3235 N. Central Avenue, Chicago, IL 60634
–33 E. 83rd Street, Chicago, IL 60619

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