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I love my slow cooker as I can dump stuff in, walk away, and come back to a meal.

This is my super-easy Split Pea Soup recipe

Water 6-8 c.
Dried split peas (yellow, green or a mix)1 c.
Sugar 1.5 tsp
Cornstarch 1 tsp
Celery Seeds 1/2 tsp
Dried onion 1 tsp
Pepper 1/4 tsp
Salt 1-1.5 tsp to taste

Add to slow cooker. Cook on low all day or high for ~4 hours until peas are soft.

Accessibility thoughts:
You need to be able to manage a slow cooker and those suckers are heavy.
Those peas are slippery so if one or two manage to get away from you (and they always do with me), and you don't have fine-motor control, you may not be able to pick them up.

Variations:
Depending on energy and ability to chop, you can substitute a chopped onion for the dried onion. I have some soup on right now and didn't have any cornstarch so I cut up about 2 cups of potatoes to help thicken it up. ETA: The potatoes were fantastic! They did make the soup more potato-y than split pea-y so if you add potatoes, you may want to add another 1/2 c. of dried split peas to balance it back out./ETA
You can blend it with an immersion blender if you want; although I never do.

Date: 2011-12-17 02:55 am (UTC)
jesse_the_k: Muppet's Swedish chef brandishes cleaver and spoon with rooster at side (grandiloquent cook is grandiloquent)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
One reason to buy your split peas in those tubular bags. Position it over a measuring cup in a bowl in your lap. Snip across one corner, and then let 1 cup's worth dribble out the hole.

Date: 2011-12-17 03:33 am (UTC)
amadi: A bouquet of dark purple roses (Default)
From: [personal profile] amadi
I have a deep canister for things like lentils, dry beans and split peas. I only buy them when I'm completely out, so that I can snip the full top off of the bag, put the canister over it, flip the whole works and then lift the bag to let the contents spill. Then I scoop out as needed.

Slow cooker recipes are so awesome for stretching limited energy for cooking. This is one I'm going to have to try soon.

Date: 2011-12-17 03:52 am (UTC)
amadi: A bouquet of dark purple roses (Default)
From: [personal profile] amadi
My go to funnel for things like this is the top of a two liter soda bottle that I cut off. Also big and deep enough to hold a bag, in most instances.

Date: 2011-12-17 09:35 am (UTC)
amadi: A bouquet of dark purple roses (Default)
From: [personal profile] amadi
One caveat to the cut bottle method is that the edges can be kind of sharp, so it takes a little care.

Date: 2011-12-19 05:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moizissimo
If you have the patience for it, you can smooth the edges with a nail file. We use pop bottles for growing brine shrimp at work, and I had to do this after I scratched myself one too many times!

Date: 2011-12-19 11:17 am (UTC)
amadi: A bouquet of dark purple roses (Default)
From: [personal profile] amadi
I suppose this might also be a good time to pull out the Dremel tool! :D

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