Slow cooker ham soup is perfect for all your Easter leftovers. It gets a super-food boost with the addition of lentils.
For months now, I have heard nothing but good things about lentils. The only problem being that each time I went to the store to get them, the store that I was at only had their store brand, which was always cross contaminated with wheat. That meant I had to keep forgoing lentils until I came across some that were not contaminated.
Finally, as I shopped a different store a few weeks ago, I was pleased to find gluten free lentils!
One of the things I heard about lentils is they are great for lowering cholesterol. Even with eating healthy, I have high cholesterol due to genetics and family history. I have been trying my hardest to lower it naturally, and I sure do hope it works! Lentils are said to be a super-food and a very affordable one too. They're also easy to adapt to any flavor. Like this lentils and rice recipe from Steph, full of Asian spices and heat.
I am learning that you can use lentils in all sorts of food items that you eat daily to add a boost of antioxidants. I am hoping to try them out in Sloppy Joes and even Tacos too. I am also crossing my fingers that I can get my son to try some, he is an extremely picky eater, and so it’s always a test with him.
As I cooked with them for the first time recently, I knew I wanted to try them with soup. As Easter is upon us, I am certain we will all be overloaded with lots of leftover ham.
This recipe is the perfect way to use up some of that leftover ham and recreate a whole new meal! On top of that, the addition of just a cup of dry lentils adds a whole new level of nutrition to the meal. I also decided to add similar ingredients that I use for my Beef & Veggie Soup to this Slow Cooker Lentil & Ham Soup.
Now, prep the slow cooker then sit back and let dinner simmer away. This soup is also fabulous paired with a side of Gluten Free Homemade Cornbread.