My husband’s favorite soup I make is split pea and ham soup. A funny thing happened last week – my hairdresser and a close friend all started to rave about how they love split pea and ham soup. Next thing I know, I am making a batch of split pea and ham soup, and decided to try it in a slow-cooker. I got rave reviews and the other great thing it cost me $4 and it serves at least 8 people!!
1 bag of split peas (dried green peas ~450 g)
2 Ham hocks (bacon hocks)
1 onion (diced)
~1-2 litres of water
Place all ingredients in the slow-cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours. The meat should be falling of the bone, take out the meat and bones. Pull the meat off the bones, shred and put back in the soup and stir. Throw the bones away. Place into containers and either store in the fridge and or the freezer.
When you reheat the soup, you may need to add water, also season with salt and pepper to your taste preference.
So, the first week on the plan was a little tough, especially Monday-Wednesday. I craved everything; sugar, cheese, meat and fresh bread. I managed to stay with the plan most of the time, and was happy when I found suitable options that I could eat at my favorite Friday lunch place.
I plan to pre-make some meals this week, especially for breakfast as I find it hard to make the time for it. I prefer to get the extra time in bed :-). Tonight, I am making a vegetable chill in the slow-cooker to have on hand for lunch or dinner, when I change my mind. For lunch, which I normally pick up at work, there were great options in our new cafe. It has a new global section that has a vegan/vegetarian option, it varies from stir fries to indian to mexican; there is also a great salad bar.
I plan on making dessert tonight – found several recipes for date balls which sound great. I am picking things out from several recipes and combining it into something I hope I like 😉
Today is the first day of my life style challenge, and to help keep on track here’s my first week’s meal plan. We use the meal plan as a guide, we will mix up the meals depending on what we feel like but typically these are the meals for the week. This is a short week as I will typically post every Saturday.
Meals may also include fruits or unsalted Pistachios.
Budget constraints were $70; in total we spent $60 and only a portion of that contributes to my meals. Additional groceries are being purchased for the rest of the family. In future, I can provide a shopping list if anyone is interested.