We’ve been pretending around here. Pretending that it actually feels like fall.
And what’s easier to whip up in the crock pot than a warm, comforting, perfect-for-fall (or perfect when you’re pining for fall) soup? I particularly love throwing dried beans — or in this case, split peas — in the crock pot. Say hello to a supper that’s hearty (and healthy!) but not heavy.
It also makes me a happy camper to be able to throw in various other vegetables, which end up cooking down enough to be somewhat incognito. I shred my carrots, rather than dicing them, to further assist their melt-into-the-soup action (and now that I’m thinking about it, maybe that’s why my should be greenish split pea soup has an orange undertone?). All of this simply means that my kids eat their veggies without a fuss and I don’t have to worry about extraneous vegetable side dishes to go with dinner that night. Win, win!
Feel free to increase or change up the veggies in this soup, by the way. You could toss in some celery, onions…whatever floats your boat. I prefer leaving those out in lieu of extra garlic, but slow cooker soups like this are infinitely customizable, so add whatever makes it appealing to your family.
For most slow cooker recipes calling for broth, I use my old standby: Organic Better Than Bouillon chicken (or turkey, or beef, or vegetable) base. As I’ve mentioned in other recipe posts, it’s pretty salty, so I initially use less than called for and then adjust to taste. However, seldom do I feel the need to add more salt at the end when using Better Than Bouillon. If you’ve never heard of this Better Than Bouillon of which I speak, make haste to this popular post where I detail why I love it so much. (And by the way, I’m not being compensated for waxing poetic about BTB…I just really think it’s great stuff!)
I hope that this Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup is yet another recipe that you’ll be able to add to your arsenal of easy, tasty, healthy meals that will please your family while fitting into your busy schedule!
Adapted from Whole Foods Market.
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