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Livin' on the cheap

Mar 7, 06:02 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

Well we haven’t had a posting here in a few days, so here’s this. I made a great soup on Monday night. It was super easy and super cheap, so I thought I’d share it with you.

Italian bean and sausage soup.

• One pound of Italian sausage
• A good two cups of mixed beans (i.e. navy, black, kidney, pinto, lima, garbanzo, lentils and split peas… you can get a mix of dried beans like this at the supermarket for like 79¢.)
• Water or broth to cover the beans
• One 28oz. can of tomatoes, crushed or diced
• Juice of one lemon
• One large onion, diced
• A couple of stalks of celery, diced
• 3 or 4 carrots, diced
• One bay leaf
• A 1/2 tsp or so of Italian seasoning or oregano
• A good 2 or 3 tsp. of salt and a goodly amount of black pepper
• Whatever other additions you may want, such as a splash of tabasco, a shake of cumin, maybe a splash of worcestershire, soma this, soma that…

I soaked the beans overnight, then I just threw it all in the crock pot and let it cook all day. The house smelled great when I came home from work! I had two big links of fresh Italian sausage, and I just threw them in whole. It was great, but in retrospect, it might have been better if I cooked the sausage first, then cut it up and added it. Might have made for a better distribution of sausage.

It made a ton of food, and it’s really good for you. Beans are PACKED with fiber, protein, vitamins, and phytonutrients. Plus the tomatoes and veggies are obviously good for you. It’s low fat (except for the sausage), but you could even skip the sausage altogether and make it vegetarian. I ate all the sausage the first night, so all my leftovers have been meat-free and it’s just as good.

And it’s cheap! Every one of the ingredients is inexpensive, plus I usually have all that stuff on hand anyway. Oh yeah… don’t have a crock pot? Just simmer it on low for a good 4 hours.

 

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  1. Andy responds with:

    Sounds great Ty! Beans and sausage = good colon food. It’s too bad Lisa doesn’t like beans… =( Maybe someday I’ll come down to Richmond and you can make it for all us guys while we watch baby Megatron for you.

    Speaking of Richmond and your baby, the school district where I work (Clarkstown Central School District ) just got named one of the Top 100 Communities for Music Education in America . Who else was on the list? Henrico County Public Schools in Richmond, VA! So Tyler Jr. will have plenty of musical opportunities if you guys stay down there.


    · Mar 8, 12:32 PM
  2. Tyler responds with:

    Wow, that’s great to know. We live in Henrico County! And at this point I really have no idea how long we’ll be here… Could be another year, could be a lifetime.

    I was surprised that District #13 wasn’t on the list! Durham, NC made it, but not Durham, CT. :(


    · Mar 8, 12:42 PM
  3. Tyler responds with:

    Toooooootally unrelated, but I thought I’d share this with you. It’s a classic scene from Pulp Fiction done completely with typography. You’ll love it! (Make sure you’ve got the sound on!)

    What does Marsellus Wallace look like?


    · Mar 9, 12:45 PM
  4. Jim responds with:

    MMMMmmmyummylookin’. Thanks Ty, I’ve got one night this week planned out now. ;)

    Wow Andy, you guys were rated that highly even with you working there? ;) Hey, maybe that’s why Durham, CT didn’t make it, they don’t have Andy…

    Dude, that Pulp Fiction short is absolutely awesome. Someone seriously had their creative thinking cap on that day.


    · Mar 18, 06:29 PM
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