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In the kitchen with Kelley: Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

By Kelley Martin: If you ask me, there’s just nothing better than heading home at the end of a long workday, knowing that dinner will be ready when you walk in the door and you don’t have to do a thing except dish it up. That is why I completely and totally love my slow cooker. It plain and simply makes my life as a working single mother of three teenagers easier.

I’m especially happy when I’m heading home on a cold night and I know I have warm, delicious, comforting soup ready for me when I get there. Of all my slow cooker recipes, this just might be my favorite. To keep this meal Paleo, make sure you get a high-quality ham from an animal that’s raised naturally.

Here’s what nutritionist Natalie Stein wrote about green split peas and heart health: “Eating green split peas may improve your heart health. The fiber from split peas may lower your total and bad LDL cholesterol, thus reducing your risk for heart disease. High blood pressure increases your risk for coronary heart disease, and green split peas may help you maintain a healthy blood pressure.” So break out the slow cooker and toss in some peas.

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Prep time 20 mins Cook time 8 hours Total time 8 hours 20 mins

Author: Kelley Martin Recipe type: Soup Ingredients 1 pound dried green split peas, rinsed 2 carrots, peeled and diced 2 celery stalks, diced ½ yellow onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 bay leaf 1 meaty ham bone 4 quarts chicken broth 2 cups water Sea salt to taste Black pepper to taste Instructions

Arrange the split peas in a 6-quart slow cooker in an even layer. Arrange carrots, celery, onion, garlic and bay leaf over the peas in an even layer. Place the ham bone on top of the vegetables. Pour the chicken broth and water into the slow cooker and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, until the peas are very soft and the meat is falling off the bone. Remove the ham bone to a cutting board and allow it to cool enough to handle. Cut the meat from the bone, put it back in the soup and stir to combine. Nutrition Information

Serving size: 8 Calories: 109.2 Fat: 2.1g Saturated fat: 2.0g Unsaturated fat: 3.8g Carbohydrates: 16.5g Sugar: 4.3g Sodium: 1975.8mg Fiber: 5.7g Protein: 7.7g Cholesterol: 11.9mg