Saturday, January 17, 2009

Split Pea Soup: Nutritious Delicious Bargain

I love the fact that you can have a super nutritious meals for so little money.

Here we have a bag of split peas (16 oz. or 1 lb.)
add a chopped up carrot, 1/4 of an onion chopped up, and a small potato, chopped.

I rinse the split peas in a strainer and then put them in a pot with water covering it by 2 inches. I bring it to a boil and lower the heat and then simmer an hour. Then I add the potato, carrot, onion, and a few twists of black pepper.and simmer another hour. I get 8 1 cup servings of soup. (figuring in the coast of the added vegetables, each cup of soup costs about 15 cents each. (I get my onions for 38 cents a pound, the potatoes for 20 cents a pound, the carrots, for 50 cents a pound.) Each cup has 11 grams of fiber, and 10 g of protein. I serve it with hot buttered toast, although I do not show the toast in the picture. I never feel guilty eating butter. Especially in this meal. The soup has not fat in it at all, so I get the fat my body needs from the butter on the toast. The toast also makes the protein in this meal complete.