Mom's Simple Pea Soup

This is one of the foods I always ask my mom to make. It's a simple, budget recipe that tastes great the day you make it and beyond. It's the kind of soup you could make on the weekend and then divide into containers for quick, healthy lunches and dinners for the week. You can even reinvent this soup by putting it on a baked potato, over rice, or spreading it between a couple of pieces of toast and making a delicious sandwich. Who said you need to eat frozen food at work?

1 lb green split peas
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
8 cups water
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp celery salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried parsley
salt and pepper to taste

1. Rinse your peas.
2. Bring peas and water to a boil.
3. Skim off froth from the top.
4. Add everything else!
5. Let it simmer for 45 mins - 1 hour until peas are tender.