Whole Foods Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup and Little Man E’s “finger-friendly” meal

It is that wonderful time of the year where the nights are cooler and I always crave soup.  I’m not too picky on what kind of soup, but these days my time is very limited and usually I prep dinner during nap-time.  Tonight’s dinner is a fantastic recipe I found on http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com.  Now, I personally am not a fan of ham hocks since they tend to be fatty, so I opted for the diced ham.  I have used this recipe many times and I love how easy it is to put together and by 6pm, our house smells fantastic and this delicious soup is ready.  I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as we do!

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Whole Foods Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
(Makes 8 Servings)
 
Ingredients: 
  • 1 (16 ounce) package dried green split peas, rinsed
  • 1 meaty ham bone, 2 ham hocks or 2 cups diced ham
  • 1 cup sliced baby carrots
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 ribs celery plus leaves, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 cups chicken broth

Layer ingredients in slow cooker in the order given, adding the broth last. Do not stir ingredients. Cover and cook on high 4—5 hours or on low 8—10 hours until peas are very soft and ham falls off the bone.

Now when it is soup night in our household, my son (16mos) is enjoying other foods.  I cannot wait until this little guy masters the spoon, but if I tried this now, there would be more green decorating our walls than I’d care to think about.  So tonight, little man E gets a homemade quesadilla with ground turkey and cheese (topped with plain greek yogurt), with some cilantro brown rice, corn and black beans on the side.  

 

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