Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wallet Padding: Split Peas

Did you hear? We're moving to Germany! It looks like September will be our reporting month. So, I want to save up around $3,000 between now and August 1st, so that we can have a little padding in the wallet when we arrive. We'll want to take some vacation time and tour a bit of Europe, plus we need to set money aside for out-of-pocket expenses as they arise.

One of the easiest ways to cut household costs and save money is in the grocery store. Going vegetarian is almost always a surefire way to slash the cost of a meal. Take today's soup, for example: It's split pea. By leaving out the traditional ham, I'm saving at least $3.00. That's $3.00 toward my trip to Italy/France/Spain/Portugal/wherever my heart desires. ;)

I mean, really. Which would you rather have: ham in your soup, or a pair of Italian shoes...bought in Italy?

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup
in the slow cooker

What You Need:
  • 1 lb dried split peas, sorted through to remove debris
  • 4 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4" thick coins
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp minced basil
  • optional: 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
How it's Done:
  1. Add everything but salt and pepper to a large slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, then reduce heat to low and continue cooking until ready to serve.
  2. Consider taking your potato masher and mashing up the veggies a little bit at the end of the cooking time. I like for my split pea soup to have an even texture. Doing this gives me the mouth-feel I like from split pea soup.
  3. Before serving, taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  4. I like to serve this soup topped with garlic-cheese croutons and a dollop of sour cream.


Full Price? NEVER! said...

Wow! Germany! How exciting. I hope you'll keep the blog going over there too. It will be fun to follow you!

StephenC said...

Split peas are one of a very few foods I can't abide. So few in fact that I can't think of any others. Still, your soup looks lovely. I like to make pea soup with frozen peas. Germany - what an adventure. Wishing you the best.

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

Yes, let's hope you keep the blog going, or maybe a new blog about your life in Germany/Europe.

In the meantime, wishing you a
Happy Thanksgiving.

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