A couple of months ago our Angel Food order contained a bag of black-eyed peas. I had never eaten black-eyed peas, let alone cooked them. I wasn't entirely sure what I was going to do with them, but I started prowling the Internet looking for recipes.
I finally decided that I would try black-eyed pea and lentil soup. I used this recipe as a starting point, but if you know me you know I didn't follow that recipe exactly! I used the crockpot to cook my soup in, I used homemade chicken stock instead of water and bouillon, and I subbed onion powder for the onion. I didn't have any diced tomatoes, so I used a jar of my grandmother's home canned tomatoes. And we topped our soup with cheese.
The soup wasn't too bad, but if I make it again I will definitely make some changes. It needs more flavor. I think I'd add more cumin, some fresh garlic, and...bacon. We really thought bacon would help it. I'm not sure what it says about us that we take a perfectly healthy recipe of legume soup and want to add bacon--probably nothing good.
I'm considering hoppin' john or Texas caviar to use up the rest of the black-eyed peas. If you don't know what those are, Google it. Or, if you're smart do a Swagbucks search.
I know I haven't posted shopping reports and menus much lately. I'm going to total up what I've spent the last couple of months and see how I did. That way I can evaluate how I'm doing, what's working, and what needs to change. I'm quite certain there will be plenty of things that need to change! I know I haven't done as well as I would have liked. But seeing where I am will help me make a plan to where I want to be.