Split Pea Soup with Ham

Lightened up with extra-lean ham, or make it vegetarian!   Servings: 4 Estimated Total Preparation Time: 1 hr 20 minutes     Recipe Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 527 Total Protein per Serving: 39 grams Total Carbs per Serving: 83 grams Total Fat per Serving: 6 grams Saturated Fat per Serving: 2 grams Total Fiber per Serving: 31 grams Recipe Ingredients: 1 lb green split peas 8 cups water 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped 6 oz smoked fully cooked extra-lean ham (about 5% fat), diced Salt and pepper 1 cup croutons Preparation: Add peas to water and bring to boil in large pot. Reduce to simmer. Add celery, onions, and carrots, mixing occasionally. After approximately one hour (or once soup nears desired consistency), add ham. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve after soup reaches desired consistency. Divide into four equal portions (about 2 cups each) and top each with ¼ cup croutons. (Note: Soup will thicken when stored. Simply add water when reheating.) *Recipe courtesy of The Center for Medical Weight...

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