Guys. It’s Fall. I (Rachel) almost, literally, cannot even contain my excitement (that sentence made me think of the Jimmy Fallon ‘Ew’ skit!). I love everything Fall is, and stands for: Changing leaves, cable knit, sweaters, candles, literally everything pumpkin, pea coats, and SOUP! Is there anything cozier than cooking a big pot of soup on a Friday evening? Add a glass of wine in my hand, Michael Buble playin’ in the background, a new pair of LuLuLemons and I’m in my happy place, big time.
This last week, I started a diet with my best friend in the universe, Tracy. Tracy is my kindred spirit- we are absolutely everything the other isn’t and it compliments the hell out of our friendship because we’re such opposites. We met through a mutual friend when I was 12 and Tracy was 14, have been inseparable since, and we’ve experienced the ups and downs of life between the age of 12 to 27 at each other’s sides. Tracy moved to California to teach about 5 years ago, and though occasionally we get caught up with life and don’t get to talk as often as we’d like, our friendship withstands the true test of time (and distance) by always picking up where we left off- never an awkward moment. We’ll go a month without talking, call each other, and that phone call turns into 2 hours. Everybody should have a Tracy-friend. <3
So anywho- THIS DIET– we’re both not thrilled with our ‘curvy’ dispositions, and we decided it’s time to do something about it. Problem is- we both love cheeseburgers and Diet Coke- it’s a struggle. BUT- They say nothing taste’s as good as skinny feels so the hell with it- we’re going to do this damn diet and commiserate in the process. Our plan is to watch sugar/processed carbs, and no processed food, So- It’s a Friday, about noon, and I’m starving- like, SUPER HANGRY (that’s hungry + angry for those who didn’t know), and I see a bowl of split pea soup on Pinterest. WANT SOME. NOW. It’s only relatively healthy with tons of fiber, tastes great, and I can throw it in the slow cooker and be done with it in 4 hours. So- that’s the story of why I made split pea soup. I did ‘healthy’ it up a little bit and didn’t include any oil, butter or any processed anything and I only put 1/2 cup of ham in it, but it tastes great regardless. Most split pea soup recipes call for a slow cooker time of 6-8 hours and I just don’t have the patience for that. 4 hours on high, stir with a whisk, and you’ll be good. I took the picture with a dollop of sour cream, cheddar cheese and bacon but if you’re going the healthy route- maybe skip those, it tastes just as good without it and saves you a few calories for dessert.:)
Recipe for the split pea soup is below- but if something else sounds good, you can see all of our delicious soups HERE!
Here are a few of our faves! Just click the pics below for full recipes!
Bone Apple Teeth! (Saw this on Facebook once- this little kid thought ‘bon apetit’ was ‘bone apple teeth’- ha! Cracked me up!)
Cheers! – Rachel
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
A healthy, easy take on a comforting classic! Garnish with sour cream, cheddar and bacon for a real savory, treat.
- 16 Ounces Split Peas
- 1 Whole Finely Chopped Onion
- 1 Cup Finely Chopped Carrots
- 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Celery
- 1 Cup Finely Cubed Ham (Optional- Leave out for a great vegetarian recipe!)
- 4 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
- 2 Cups Water
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
Combine all ingredients into a slow cooker.
*Vegetarian Friendly Version* Leave out cubed ham, and substitute chicken broth with vegetable broth.
Cook on high for 4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes or so.
After 4 hours, whisk soup briskly. The split peas should thicken, and the soup will turn creamy.
Serve! Garnish with sour cream, cheddar, and bacon if desired.