Looking for Easy Family Dinner Ideas? We have this thing. Every time we make a ham we always be sure to save the hock & use our food saver to freeze it. Then when we are ready we thaw it for a day & then make Split Pea soup in the slow cooker. It’s so easy & a great way to be sure we are not wasting any food. Since we already had the ham for another meal & most of the ingredients we keep on hand at all times, the only thing it really costs us is the bag of split peas which is less than $1. It’s great because we eat this for a couple days, then we bust out the food saver again & freeze the rest. It works out great because the frozen amount is just perfect for when we want to do soup & sandwiches for a quick & easy dinner. So really- we are able to stretch a $15 ham into at least 6 meals for our family of 5 when you count the initial meal, a dinner of leftovers & the random ham sandwich along with the soup for 2 days & then the leftovers. Not too bad. Like I mentioned before- this year I will be all about how I can stretch my dollar at the store & learning to get more creative with our meals. This is a great way to do that.
Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup
- Ham Chunks or ham hock with remaining ham
- 1 bag dried split peas
- 1 stick butter
- Seasonings to taste salt, pepper, garlic powder
- 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp minced onion flakes
- 1 cup water
- 32 oz chicken stock
- Put all ingredients in your slow-cooker on high heat & let sit for 5-6 hours.
- Stir occasionally.
- About an hour before it's ready- remove ham bone & make sure the ham pieces are bite size. Pulling apart any chunks that are too large.
- It's ready when peas are tender & soup is thick.
- Serve with oyster crackers if desired.
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