Split Pea Soup with Ham Hocks


So yesterday while on the telephone with a friend we were discussing how tight the grocery budgets are that we both have.

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While shopping with hubby, I had noticed how reasonable that fresh from scratch beans are priced.  So I picked up several varieties since at our age of slightly over 21 we require a little fiber in our lives now.

I had picked up a bag of Split Peas and had sent hubby on a quest to get some ham or a pork family relative to put with it… Meeting him there we carried on a discussion of the various varieties of choices and landed with ham hocks.  (if you are a Vegan leave them out and if you do not eat pork then add chicken or turkey)  This is a simple swap out.

They were a very inexpensive choice which were left with a lot of meat in a vacuum sealed bag for less than $5.00 for 4 very large bones.

ham hockBefore you start saying yuck, how disgusting…think about it…there is lots of meat that you are going to boil off in vegetable broth with a lot of vegetables then throw away the skin and the fat….they are just cooking for the flavor….

Another alternative is to get a pre-trimmed  piece such as this one

ham hocks

These really are closer to pork chops…

If you are Vegan then just place in the vegetable broth, onion, carrots and celery with your split peas and you are totally good to go…

Allow to boil and then let it simmer for a while.

Stir it often.  I leave my lid slightly ajar so that some of the steam is allowed to escape.  The split peas will cook down and the broth will become thick.

Now some people add brown rice, some add potatoes I just add crackers and eat…

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For all of you who are Vegan’s the non meat version is great for you

split pea soup

I have a friend (who was on the phone with me while I was making this) who was from England and she said that she was making this but not as a soup…and serving with vinegar and fish and chips.  Just the split peas.

So there you go a few ideas for food on a budget.

While I was blogging I was lucky enough to find these great blogs about the same idea also so thought I would pass them along to you also….

Happy Cooking and don’t forget that if you really use your noodle you can cook on a budget  and eat healthy… our meal came to less than $ 10.00 and I will freeze half of it… we could not eat anywhere for $ 5.00 for two people and guess what?  Even with freezing half we will each have a bowl today also…guess that makes it $ 2.50 for two people… Think we just beat McDonald’s and Wendy’s Dollar Menu since our meal is more nutritious and filling.

Sorry Ronald and Wendy.

Love and Hugs to all and Healthy Eating

Tammye

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