I pre-soak the night before Lentils, Yellow Split Peas, Green Split Peas. In the morning put all these pulses in a pan, bring to boil and simmer for 20minutes. Then they go into the Crock Pot, all my vegetables are pre-steamed for 10 - 15 minutes and all go in the crockpot. Followed by a pint of Vegetable stock, tomato puree, mixed herbs and left to cook slowly. Vegetables used: Butternut Squish, Carrots, Turnip, Celery, Onions, Potatoes, Leeks or whatever Veg I have in at the time.