Crock pot comfort

Toddlers are a tricky bunch.  Despite one’s best efforts, it seems that some are destined to be picky, at least for a stage.  L has been pretty easy to feed, and I like to try new recipes every week.  I’m finally settling into some favorites that I keep falling back on, especially when I know we’ll have no time to cook and can throw everything in the crock pot in the morning.

One of our favorite repeat recipes this fall has become a new comfort food for me.  I like to make split pea soup in the crock pot so the cooking is done for the day, and makes the house smell amazing.  It was one of L’s favorites for a few months, and a great way to increase her veggie intake for the day.  It makes for an easy dinner and good leftovers.

Vegetarian split pea soup (printable recipe)

Ingredients

  • 1  package of split peas, or 2 1/2 cups
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 carrots, chopped (or parsnips)
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 cubed potato or sweet potato
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • optional, 1 c. milk 30 minutes before serving (decrease broth or water by 1 cup)

Preparation: Combine everything in the crock pot on low for 6-9 hours.  You can add additional water or broth toward the end if it’s getting too thick, or milk for more creaminess.  Remove the bay leaves, and top with plain yogurt, if desired.

27 thoughts on “Crock pot comfort

    • Yes- I think she’s a pretty adventurous eater compared to most… wish I could take credit for that, but i think they are either picky or they aren’t. Your kids are lucky that you’re willing to work so hard to get good food into them! That takes serious dedication!

  1. I’ll have to try that one. I don’t usually do crock pot for my soups…don’t know why, sounds amazing! I love comfort food and make something similar to that with rolls for colder days. 🙂 Jess

    • I’ve started collecting more crock pot go-to recipes lately and have def appreciated that option when I’m out of ideas or have a crazy day. Yes, great cold weather food!

  2. LOVE anything that involves my crock pot. My kids have an irrational legume aversion – drives me nuts. My husband’s family is Hungarian so our #1 comfort food is paprikash – super YUM!!!

  3. Love the crock pot! My son is a picky eater, so I doubt this would be consumed by him – my daughter is much more adventurous. Recipe looks delicious! I might have to try it out!

  4. We love split pea soup in our house. I am going to keep this recipe because I love crock pot recipes.

    And thanks for the shout out. So glad you are going to run. Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  5. I love split pea soup, but haven’t often used the crock pot for it–I may need to try it this weekend. I’m enjoying reading your running blog. 🙂

    • Thanks for the comment, Becky! I think we’re going to make it tomorrow… just got back from traveling today and are ready for some meatless meals. 🙂

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