8 hour meals….(*apologies to Rachael Ray) Split Pea Soup Edition

January 13, 2008 Kyron 2 Comments

As the parent of a special needs child I am frequently out and on the road at doctors appointments, IEP meetings and after school special activities. Rachael Ray may be the queen of the 30 minute meal – I’ve become the queen of the 8 hour meal! The crock pot is my hero! I throw a bunch of ingredients in the crockpot first thing in the morning, set the time I want it to cook (typically 8-10 hours) and off I go to only open it up in time to serve dinner to the hungry hordes. Weekly on Sundays I will share some of our family’s favorites.

crockpot1 8 hour meals....(*apologies to Rachael Ray) Split Pea Soup Edition
As found on About.com Southern Food

Split Pea Soup

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (16 oz.) pkg. dried green split peas, rinsed
  • 1 meaty hambone, 2 ham hocks, or 2 cups diced ham
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 ribs of celery plus leaves, chopped
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped, or 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp. seasoned salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh pepper
  • 1 1/2 qts. hot water

PREPARATION:
Layer ingredients in slow cooker in the order given; pour in water. Do not stir ingredients. Cover and cook on HIGH 4 to 5 hours or on low 8 to 10 hours until peas are very soft and ham falls off bone.

Remove bones and bay leaf. Mash peas to thicken more, if desired. Serve garnished with croutons. Freezes well.
Serves 8.

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  1. I found your blog via Google while searching for crock pot recipes and your post regarding for the busy parent of a special needs child | The Special Parent looks very interesting to me. I just wanted to write to say that you have a great site and a wonderful resource for all to share.

  2. Kyron says:

    Thanks so much for your compliments!! I am so pleased that you found us and hope you’ll check back in regularly. Please pass the word if you have others who might be interested.

    ~Kyron

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