Split Pea Soup This one takes a little more prep, but I’m posting it because I like it, and you can do the prep a little at a time (or do the prep one day and cook it the next). 8 servings 2 cups dry split peas (about a lb) 7 cups water 2 carrots, diced 2 stalks celery, finely chopped 1 med. onion, finely chopped 1 cup diced lean ham 1 tsp dried thyme* 1 bay leaf, optional 1/4 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste (or chicken bouillon granules) Rinse peas. Put everything except the salt into a large pot. Bring just to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Simmer gently with the lid slightly tilted until tender, about 30 to 45 minutes. Season with salt to taste. This can also be made in the Crockpot. Just throw everything in the crock and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours. Per Serving: 208 Calories; 2g Fat (6.7% calories from fat); 16g Protein; 33g Carbohydrate; 14g Dietary Fiber; 9mg Cholesterol; 433mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fat. *Or Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute is good, too.