The Old Soldier plans to be on the march early tomorrow to do his monthly food shopping.
I always have several goals when I shop for food. Not only do I want food that is easy to prepare and is good for me, but I want food that is inexpensive and will last a long time.
I’ve decided on ham and lima beans. I’ll probably get several packages of ham hocks and several bags of large lima beans, one carrot and an onion. I’ll also pick up lunch meat and bread and a tomato for sandwiches because I’ll soak a bag of lima beans over night.
Then the next day I’ll drain the lima beans, put them in my crock pot, cover the beans with around an inch of water, add four ham hocks (the other packages of ham hocks will go in the freezer), slice the carrot and the onion and add them and then add some black pepper. Often times, you don’t have to add any salt because the ham hocks will flavor your beans. Then I’ll cover the crock pot and put it on high and in four or five hours (my crock pot is old) I’ll have a delicious hot meal. Plenty will be left over to eat off of for several more days. All I’ll have to do is heat a portion of the ham and beans for any meal.
Of course, left overs should be kept in the refrigerator.
Even though ham and lima beans won’t be the only thing that I eat for the next few weeks it will be the main thing that I’ll eat. When I run out of the first batch I’ll just pull out the old crock pot and cook up another batch. Food will be just one less thing that the Old Soldier will have to worry about.
And the fewer things a writer has to worry about, the better.
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