Saturday, 12 July 2014

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

The slow cooker has come in handy the past couple days.  I sprained my ankle, so standing for long periods of time to cook isn't an option right now, and the slow cooker is a great way for me to just throw everything in quickly.

This soup is thick and chunky, which I love, plus it's packed with protein and fibre.  I used dried yellow split peas, but you could use green split peas or lentils if you prefer.

Serves 8

Ingredients

450g (16oz) dried yellow split peas
350g ham, precooked and diced (about 2 cups)
340g (12oz) baby carrots, chopped
3 shallots, diced (or 1 small onion)
4 celery stalks, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
Black pepper, to taste
3.5 cups (1 carton) chicken broth ('no salt added' or low-sodium)
2.5 cups water

Directions

Layer ingredients in the slow cooker pot in the order listed, adding the broth and water last.  Do not stir.  Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours until peas are very soft.

Nutrition

Calories 307
Fat 5.3g
Carbohydrates 40.8g
Fibre 16.3g
Sugars 7.1g
Protein 24.6g

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