I know that I have been very bad over the past month or so about blogging. I was a bit disgruntled with wordpress. They give you no space for photos, and they don’t let you delete the ones that you have on there, or accidentally uploaded the wrong one, to give yourself more space. So after my failed attempt to buy more space (that didn’t go well for the reasons above) I gave up for a while because I wasn’t happy. But at my husband’s encouragement, I am back.
It has been very cold here in Denver the past few days. We had a big cold front and then some snow. I was disappointed with the snow, we only got 5 inches. I think that it’s because it got too cold. Yesterday our high was in the teens. Today we did get into the 20s, which was nice. But in preparation for the cold and misery, I decided to stock up on healthy, hearty food. One of our favorites is Ham and Split Pea Soup.
This recipe is a great way to use left over ham in a different way. So for those of you who still have some Christmas ham left, I highly recommend this to you. But if you are like my husband, you can eat ham every single day, for every meal. So even though we had ham for Christmas with my parents in Texas, Ben was all for doing another one. So I made a ham in a crock pot just so that we would have ham for when it got cold for this recipe. A simple crock pot ham recipe is to get a ham on the bone and put a bit of brown sugar at the bottom of the crock. Put in some pineapple slices. Put the ham in cut side down (you might have to cut off the top). Top with some more brown sugar and pineapple. Leave in on low for 8 hours, and you’re done.
You may be thinking that ham isn’t the healthiest meat out there, it does usaully have plenty of fat. But if you cut off most of the fat, and you avoid it when you eat it, you can bring it down to a reasonable, and still tasty, rate.
Split peas are super good for you, and historic. Dried peas have been a foundation of the human diet for centuries. Scientists have found dried peas in remains of Egyptians, ancient Asians, and Romans. They also have tons of good fiber. There is the dietary fiber, as well as soluable fiber. Soluable fiber is the stuff that enters your system and takes out bad cholesterol (that causes plaque in your veins). Peas have also been shown to help stabilize blood sugar for those of you who have that concern.
There are two methods of making this soup–they produce different textures. The crock pot method will cook them for a long time, and will turn them quite mushy. This is still delicious, and is also heartier than the quick method. It will turn the peas into the base. On the other hand, the quicker method will leave the peas in their half pea shape, and your base will be the chicken broth. But it is nice and fast, and still very tasty. It is up to you how you want to do it. I actually prefer the slow cook, mushy, method. Regardless, this is a super simple, fast and easy recipe.
Ham and Split Pea Soup
- 1 bone from a ham, with still a bit of meat left on it.
- Some ham, cut or shredded into bite size pieces. I would guess that I put in about 4oz. To make it even healthier, you can use canadian bacon.
- 1 pound split peas (one bag from the grocery store)
- 8 cups chicken broth, or combination of broth and water if you don’t have enough broth.
- 1/2 onion, chopped (I admit, I forgot this part tonight)
- 1 tsp dried dill
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp salt
- Fresh ground pepper to taste
- Sautee your onions in the soup pot (if doing the quick method) or in a pan (if crockpot).
- Put all the rest of the ingredients together in your pot or crock pot.
- Pot: bring to a boil and boil for about 45 min, or until the texture you want. Check in half way through to make sure you have enough liquid.
- Crockpot: put it all in for 6 hours on low.