Tis the season for large meals, and that means lots of leftovers. So, what to do with all those leftovers? That's the theme for the next few posts. Here's an easy way with split pea soup. Make it in a crock pot for hands free time. There's no worrys here about making sure the meat is cooked thoroughly, because you'll be starting with that left over ham bone from that large ham you had! Just add a few extras, and voila, it's soup! For a filling and healthy dinner, just add some whole grain bread. Kick it up by adding a green salad.
1 left over meaty ham bone
2 cups split peas (usually this is the amount in a bag of split peas)
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 ribs celery, sliced (optional)
1 bay leaf (optional)
2 tsp dried parsley (optional)
6 cups water
1 tsp salt, to taste
1/2 tsp pepper, to taste
Place ham bone in crock pot or slow cooker. Add vegetables and spices, if using. Cover with water and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or low for 8 hours. Remove the ham bone, picking off any remaining pieces of meat. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper. Enjoy!
Stealthy Cooking Tip: This soup freezes well. If this recipe makes more than you'll eat soon, freeze part and enjoy later. Healthy eating and convenience, too!