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Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

BASIC HEALTHY SLOW COOKER SOUP MIX & SOUP RECIPE

This mix makes 12 1/2 cups of a healthy soup mix. You make this up and it will keep up to 6 months when stored in a cool, dry place.

1 pkg (14-oz) dry green split peas
1 pkg (12-oz) pearl barley
1 pkg (14-oz) alphabet macaroni or other small pasta
1 pkg (12-oz) dry lentils
1 1/2 cups brown rice
1/4 cup dry onion flakes

Combine all ingredients in a large airtight container and stir well to mix.  Keep in a cool, dry place.  Shake before measuring out an amount for use.

SOUP FOR THE DAY WITH THE ABOVE MIX
8 cups water
1 1/2 cups soup mix above
1/2 tsp salt
2 sliced carrots
1 celery stalks, sliced
1 cup chopped cabbage
1 can (6-oz) tomato paste
1 lb cooked ground beef or cooked roast beef, shredded

Combine all the ingredients in a crockpot or other slow cooker.  Place lid on cooker and cook soup on high 4 to 6 hours or on low 8 to 10 hours.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Note: You can substitute chicken or turkey for the beef, you can add a can of diced tomatoes, change the vegetables out for corn, etc.  There are a lot of possibilities with this soup mix.


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