This is the time I start deciding to stock up on soup for winter. Nothing nicer that just a big bowl of hearty soup, accompanied by some really easy sourdough no-knead bread.
Some soup-er observations . . .
Prepare your fresh vegetables once a week, and portion them into bags. Store in the fridge. This helps you with two things - all the veggies are ready to be pulled out within minutes, and you don't need to prepare them every day.
Make a hole in the top of the bag, put in a few drops of water, and microwave for a couple of minutes. Drain and season. Fast food!
Two fantastic kitchen gadgets!
Put your ingredients into this miraculous small appliance, and leave it all day or all night on low. Succulent, delicious food in about 8-10 hours, but your prep time is just minutes!
Learning to use this keeps your mind active, and prepares all kinds of ingredients in seconds. It is sort of like having two right arms all of a sudden!
Soup and friends make a magic pair!
I always cook enough food for at least 4 people. I eat some, then portion the rest into labeled freezer bags. After all, I'm not advocating cooking every day! That would be totally unnecessary, but it sure feels good when you can just pull your home made convenience food right out of the freezer, heat it and enjoy it, knowing what's in it!
Everyone likes to feel special enough to be invited for a cooked meal. This act of love keeps you busy, fills your heart with the knowledge that you still have love in your heart for others, and encourages others to share their cooking.
To make this soup you're gonna need . . .
- 2 smoked pork hocks ( you can leave these out if you're vegetarian)
- 2 stalks celery
- 2 large carrots
- 1 small onion
- 8 cups water
- 2 teaspoons spice mix, your favorite
- 1 package Dried split peas
This is what you do . . .
- Chop all vegetables in your food processor. If you don’t have one, chop them small by hand.
- Add everything to the slow cooker/crock pot. Turn it to low, and cook for 10 hours. Relax, do something nice for yourself.
- Remove the hocks, and separate meat from the bone and fat, keeping the meat, discarding the fat and bone. Takes approximately 1 minute.
- Allow to cool. Package in portion sizes for your freezer, either in freezer bags, or freezer containers. Don't forget to label the bags!
5. That's it! You've got a lot of lovely soup!
A Reminder . . .
It's Monday, the start of another week, and wow! Those weeks are flying by! Soon it will be Christmas Eve. Hope you'll have a wonderful and productive week.