One of my dieting philosophies is to plan and prepare in advance. For me having good foods ready and available is key. In addition to salads I live on soups/stews and chilis and pressure cooking has made these meals quick and easy to make, not to mention highly nutritious and inexpensive. Part of the quick and easy is not only the time it takes to actually cook proteins that traditionally take 1-2 hoursin 1/3 the time, but pressure cooking decreases the amount of prep time because I can add a whole head of garlic and a whole bunch of herbs without having to chop them. Pressure cooking adds nutrition and saves money by allowing me to use bone in cuts of meat that also adds flavor while making it's own stock as it cooks.
Without a doubt I see a 12qt in my future!
Turkey Ham Soup w/ white beans and lentils
What's not to like about ham and split pea soup? The most common answer I get is that alot of people have the prejudice left over from childhood because of the mucky green color! Split pea is one of my favorite soups and one I make regularly. But if you are turned off by the color then use beans instead. All of the other ingredients stay the same.
Most of the time I use ham shanks, although ham shanks don't have much meat. I started to use smoked turkey legs and thighs which are much much larger and have a ton more meat....as well as a bone for flavor. Because smoked turkey legs and thighs are so large they also have a ton more salt! So much that I ususally will also add to the soup a plain unsmoked turkey thigh. Either hams are inexpensive, but you can use any kind of cut of smoked cured meat (ham).
A while back I didn't have any split peas in my pantry so I decided to use white beans. since I wanted to make a really big batch (I had all that meat, might as well!) I added in lentils. The result? I had never realized that white beans were so creamy...yum yum! I'm not sure I will ever use split peas again!