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Friday, April 9, 2010

Family Meals Under $5 - Split Pea Soup

It's time to use that leftover hambone from Easter dinner. What better way than yummy split pea soup. This is really easy to make and can even be done in the crockpot. Add a salad and some toasted french bread for a complete meal.

Split Pea Soup - $3.37
French Bread - $0.88
Tossed Green Salad - $0.67

Total - $4.92

Split Pea Soup
1 hambone with meat - $1.52 ( I was able to get 3 meals out of the leftover ham from Easter. Whole ham cost $9.09, half eaten on Easter = $4.55. Divide the remaining half by 3 = $1.52 for each of those 3 meals)
1 1lb package split peas - $1.08
1 onion, chopped - .27
3 carrots, diced - .27
2 stalks celery, diced - .16
1 potato, diced - .03 ( 10 lb bag on sale for .77c @ Trading Co.)
1 clove garlic, minced - .04
2 qts water
1/4 t pepper
salt to taste

Combine ingredients in a crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hrs. Remove ham bone and cut off meat, dice and return meat to soup. Season to taste.

Tossed Green Salad
1/2 head Romaine lettuce - .29 (.57c @ Trading Co.)
1 carrot, shredded - .09
1/2 cucumber, sliced - .29 (.58 ea @ Wal-Mart)

It's great when you can use 1 piece of meat for so many dinners. Don't let the cost scare you, just remember you're dividing this up between many meals. Look for sales and this can be a very frugal way to stretch your grocery budget.

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1 comment:

  1. I LOVE homemade split pea soup. Even my picky eaters will eat it. It is also great for older babies and toddlers...inexpensive, healthy, homemade baby food! It also freezes well.