3 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for Amazing Dinners

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Easy Split Pea Soup Recipe

Pea soup is an old recipe made to cook over several days while various ingredients kept being added to the pot as it cooked. It’s a very versatile recipe that can use different cuts of pork or ham, as well as different root vegetables to help flavor it. Making it on the stove requires the cook to soak the split peas in water for hours before cooking, but making it in the slow cooker can allow the cook to skip this step.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag yellow or green split peas
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 12 ounces cubed, cooked ham
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 6 cups of water

Instructions

  1. Layer the ingredients in the slow cooker.
  2. Stir thoroughly to incorporate the spices and to make sure that the peas are thoroughly saturated with the water and that the ham cubes are broken up if using prepacked ham.
  3. Cover and set the slow cooker to low.
  4. Cook for 8 to 10 hours.
  5. Use a potato masher to mix the cooked peas, onions, and sweet potato together into the final consistency. The ingredients should be nearly falling apart and easy to mix and mash together.
  6. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

This dish also keeps well inside the covered chamber in the refrigerator for up to three days, and reheats well for leftovers. Serves 6.

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for Entrees

While many people are familiar with using the slow cooker for things like soups and stews, they may not realize that it can also be used for entrees as well. These simple recipes use chicken as their base, but can be made using other types of meat as well if desired.