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I grew up eating crock pot meals – my mom still uses her crock pot all the time – but in my ten years of married life, I have barely touched mine. I guess one of the main reasons I never use a crock pot, is I am not a morning person. The thought of touching raw meat first thing in the morning just turns my stomach!
But I am determined to conquer crock pot cooking! I love all the meals my mom makes and I really love the idea of having a meal ready to go at dinner time.
So, I decided to start easy – split pea soup. I made it Friday night so we would have it for a quick meal Saturday night before we headed out for our friend’s birthday party. (I knew if I left it to Saturday morning, I might lose my motivation – I am far more ambitious at night!)
So here is my before:
And here is my masterpiece after:
Saturday afternoon I also made some pumpkin muffins for dessert. I added 1/2 cup of wheat germ to make them healthier. I wasn’t too fond of the wheat germ flavor, but Jackson and Julia didn’t seem to mind! 🙂
The soup was delicious and I think I am on my way to a long, happy relationship with my crock pot.
edited to add: I didn’t bother to include my recipe, since it was so darn basic (my mom just told me how to do it over the phone). But in case you were wondering here it is.
Split Pea Soup
1 lb green split peas (I wanted to make it a bit bigger, but didn’t have room to double, so I just increased the portions a 1/4)
2 ham hocks (I just used one big one)
1 large carrot (I used two medium ones)
1 big onion (I used 1 and 1/2)
1 celery stalk (I used 2)
2 quarts of water (I added a bit more)
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
After cooking, remove ham hock, and cut up meat.
Blend soup, add the ham, stir and serve 🙂
For more crock pot recipes you can visit our good friend Sandra every Thursday for Slow Cooking Thursday. (Now that girl knows how to cook!) And as well, over at Heather’s place on her party post, she held a crock-pot recipe swap. So if you are looking for some new recipes, don’t miss out those links!
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