Almost every Sunday morning I prepare something new in the slow cooker. It seems to have become a tradition. This Sunday was no exception so I thought I would start a series called “Slow Cooker Sunday”.
The hubby requested a Navy Bean and Ham soup and immediately I thought is that it can’t be very healthy so I did some research and found this great recipe on www.preventionrd.com. This recipe is very easy. The only “extra” thing you have to do is soak the beans overnight then the next day add everything to the slow cooker.
Nicole at PreventionRD has some great healthy recipes on her site, I’ll be checking out more of them for sure. What’s even better is that she is a registered dietitian so she knows what she is talking about!
Navy Bean and Ham Soup – Slow Cooker Sunday
First of all, this recipe boasts some impressive nutritional stats. Hearty, low-fat, high protein,
high fiber and filling.
- Serving size: 1 1/3 cup
- Protein: 19.5 grams
- Fiber: 15.7 grams
- Fat: Only 2.3 grams
- Calories: 208
- 2½ cups dried beans
- 3 celery ribs, diced
- ½ sweet onion, diced
- 1 cube chicken bouillon, crumbled
- 1 (15 oz) can low-sodium chicken broth
- 8 oz 98% fat-free, reduced sodium, lean ham, finely diced
- 1½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried sage
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 bay leaf
- ½ tsp pepper
- Soak dried beans in plenty of water overnight at room temperature.
- Drain beans and transfer to a crock pot; add enough water to cover the beans with about 1 inch of water.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the crock pot; stir.
- Cook on low for 9-12 hours (the longer the better).
- Stir before serving hot.
We love having leftovers all week for quick meals that we don’t have to think about. You already know what’s in it, Just heat it up and you have an instant healthy meal. From what I’ve read about this recipe, each leftover is better than the last.
Stay tuned for the second in the series next week. Maybe I should post these on Saturdays so you can make it on Sunday if you like and have food made for the week.