Pea soup (recipe in the comments from April 30, 2008)
Whole wheat bread
We last made this to use ham frozen after our Easter celebration. This year we had ham for Christmas Eve and had a beautiful ham bone frozen, waiting to be made into yummy pea soup. This is generally a family favorite, but is especially beloved by T, our two and a half year old. Many folks that I tell about T's food preferences are surprised (the aforementioned shrimp and tofu), but I think pea soup is likely to be a big hit with most kids. It's a mild flavor and it's BRIGHT GREEN! I'd think "swamp soup" would be popular with even pretty picky eaters. Try it out on yours and let me know. Our little swamp thing certainly loves it.
Chopping: Onion, carrot, celery
Time: 15 minutes to prep, 2 hours to cook
Make ahead: Perfect to make ahead and even freeze long-term.
J: "This seemed even better with a ham bone instead of chopped ham. Truly excellent!"
M: "Old school, but fabulous!"