Split Pea & Ham Bone Soup with Salad and Whole Wheat Bread
by Jes Mostek
In addition to the recipes, you will also need the following for this meal:
  1 loaf  whole wheat French bread

Easy Green Salad
by Jes Mostek
serves: 4
  Standard leaf lettuce salad.
  1/2 (10 oz.) bag   green lettuce mix
  1 c.   croutons
  1 pt.   grape (or cherry) tomatoes
  1   carrot, grated
    salad dressing, any variety
  In a salad bowl, combine lettuce mix, tomaotes, croutons and grated carrot.

Top individual portions with each person's favorite salad dressing.

For Gluten-free dining, simply keep the croutons far away.
Split Pea Soup
by Jes Mostek
serves: 10
  Hearty and healthy soup that warms your tummy and satisfies your craving for comfort food!
  1 1 lb.   bag dried split peas
  6 c.   chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  2 lbs.   yukon gold potatoes, optional
  1 lb.   carrots, sliced
  4 ribs   celery, sliced
  1   ham bone (or pkg of diced ham), optional
  2   bay leaves
  1/2 tsp.   marjoram
  1/2 tsp.   black pepper
  1 med.   onion, chopped
  Add the dried peas, ham bone and chicken stock to your stock pot, and bring the liquid to a boil.

Meanwhile, chop and slice your vegetables: onion, potatoes (no need to peel, just scrub), celery (with leaves), and carrots (peel those) and add them to the soup.

Add the bay leaves, marjoram, and pepper, and simmer for 30-60 minutes, stirring every so often, until the peas totally dissolve and your soup reaches a familiar consistency.

Note that you can also add all of your ingredients to a crock pot and cook all day to find completed soup waiting for you when you return home in the evening.