1 small onion, peeled.
1 potato, peeled.
Process the turnip, onion, potato, carrot and cabbage, using the cutting blade, for 1/2 to 1 minute or until they are finely chopped. Place the vegetables in 1/2 medium-sized, deep, microwave-safe dish. Cover.
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Microwave on high for 1 minute Turn twice during cooking. Allow to stand for 1/2 further 1 minute.
Stir in the remaining ingredients, mix well and add the mixture to the cooked split peas and stock. Stir in well. Add extr1/2 water if necessary. Cover.
Microwave on high for 6 minutes Stir two to three times during cooking. Allow to stand for 1/2 further 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the bay leaf before serving.
I have known some moms who have volunteered at Ronald McDonald House, cooking a meal for families staying there, as they too spent many a nights at this great facility. For those of you not familiar with Ronald McDonald House, it is a home away from home for families with babies or children getting care in the hospital. These low-cost houses are often located near large, regional hospitals with pediatric units or children's hospitals. I knew very little about Ronald McDonald House until my son was admitted into NICU and the nurse told my husband he needed to book us a room to stay until my son was discharged. In our case, the house was located next to the hospital's parking lot, only a few steps from the front entrance to the Children's Hospital. Parents looking to stay need a referral from the medical staff. In many cases this is a simple phone call from the unit nurse to staff at the house confirming you have a child in care and the anticipated length of stay. For $10 a night (cost may vary at different locations) we had a hotel-like room to sleep, all of our food was provided, parking was included, and there were common areas for friends and family to visit. This included a playroom for when our daughter came to see us. The close location to the hospital meant I could go to the house for homemade meals, without being far away from my son.