Recipe #1- Black Eyed Pea Soup
(K sent this to me. I think she found it on a crock pot blog, and it is delicious.)
1 pound black eyed peas (soak overnight)
1 pound spicy sausage- chopped (I used a smoked sausage link.)
6 cups of chicken broth --low fat and low sodium
1 yellow onion- diced
1 cup carrots- diced
1 cup celery- diced
4 cloves of garlic- diced (I used the minced that comes in the jar-1 tsp.)
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. salt
Tobasco sauce (can be added to individual bowls)
(OK. True confessions. It called for 1 tsp. pepper. I hate pepper, so I left it out. And I didn't tell the Mr., and now he knows. Sorry Mr. You regret letting me cook now, don't you?)
After draining the soaking beans/peas, add all of the above to your crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Before serving, take out a cup of beans and use a hand mixer or blender to mash them fine. When you add them back to the soup, they will add a creamier thickness to the broth. That's it. Super easy and delicious! A new Easy Street favorite.
This second recipe will knock your socks off!
Mrs. E's Peppermint Hot Chocolate
1 packet of instant hot chocolate mix (choose your own brand!)
1 cup of hot water
10-12 (OK. 15-20) pink peppermint mini marshmallows
Mix the hot chocolate and water, and stir until well blended. Add the marshmallows and stir until they melt slightly. This makes a tasty mint chocolate drink to warm you on these cold evenings. Quite a gourmet, aren't I?
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