Monday, October 27, 2008

Eat Better and Save Money with Easy Home Made Soups

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Monday Morning Blog

The next time you're in the grocery store, check out the never ending varieties of soup that stock the shelves, round out the salad bar and wait patiently in the freezer case. There's a lot of soup out there.

Stores and manufacturers love selling soup becaue it's a high profit item and they make a bundle.

When you buy you're wasting your hard earned money. A two serving size can of brand name soup easily sells for $2.00. Gourmet, take out soup jumps the tab to 6 bucks.

Non cooks think making soup is hard. It's not. People pressed for time think soup is time consuming to make. It isn't.

For fraction of the cost and in less time than you think, you can make soup that's better, fresher and healthier than any you can buy. Every penny counts these days.


Home Made Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

The ingredients are so simple, just peas and water. Jazz things up a bay leaf. Add some carrots and potatoes if you'd like. Even a splash of cream.


Serves 4-6

1 (one pound) package dried green split peas
12 cups water
1 bay leaf (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Wash peas by putting them into a deep bowl and covering them with tepid tap water. Swish peas around and drain into a colander. Repeat 2 more times. Remove and discard any badly shriveled or discolored peas.

Put washed peas into a large pot. Add water and bay leaf (optional). Partially cover pot and bring to a boil on high. Reduce heat and simmer about an hour or until peas have disintegrated and soup is desired thickness. (If the soup is thicker than you'd like, stir in some water.) Add salt and pepper to taste.


Old Fashioned Ham Hock and Split Pea Soup

Prepare Vegetarian Home Made Split Pea Soup omitting bay leaf. Add one or two ham hocks at the beginning of cooking. When soup is done, remove ham hocks and cool until easy to handle. Shed meat and return to soup. Discard bones and rind.

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