Anyway, I was a bit worried when I put a bowl of green mush in front of them. They didn't make any faces or even ask, "What's this?" I just hurriedly said, "it's pea soup!" when I really didn't need to. They weren't worried and even ate it up. I love that.
So if you need a simple crockpot recipe to get you through these cold winter days. Try this one. We enjoyed it.
I apologize for the mediocre pic. It's hard to photograph a green soup! So not eye appealing.
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
1 lb. green split peas, picked over and rinsed
1 large leek, white and light green part only, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 teas. salt
1/2 teas. pepper
2 teas. dried parsley
2 teas. dried thyme
1 large ham steak (or ham bone with left over pieces or a smoked turkey leg)
(I also sprinkled in some granulated chicken bouillon with an hour or two to go, approx. 2-3 teas. Only add this if you think you need it. It really depends on how much salt you added and how salty your meat is.)
What I love about soups is the fact that you can change it up however you like. The original recipe used the smoked turkey leg and fresh herbs but I didn't have either of those. So I used dried herbs and a ham steak. As far as the seasonings go, I kinda guessed how much I added, I didn't measure. So, add to your taste. That's my disclaimer. :)
Throw in your crockpot the peas, leek, celery, carrots, ham, and seasonings. Add 7 cups of water. Turn your crockpot on low and cook for 6-8 hours stirring occasionally. ( Cooking time really depends on how soft you want your peas.) Serve with a crusty bread and a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy!!
I just wanted to note that the recipe posted yesterday was Erica's. I just added the note on top. Also, I've seen more pictures of the baby and I'm thinking his hair does have a reddish tint, but it is definitely more brown than I imagined. I'm still crossing my fingers for a dark headed boy. Nothing against red heads. :) Pictures to come!
Source: Adapted from The Food Network