Legumes such as black eyed peas are full of protein, healthy fats, fiber, and micronutrients. If your family is like many these days, cutting back on meats, you may be wondering where to get a healthy dose of protein. Beans are one of the greatest sources. (And you need not worry about the fats–these aren’t “straight-to-the-hip” fats. These are the good ones.) Following is a great black eyed pea recipe I made last night and loved.
1 pound dried black eyed peas, soaked overnight
2 chopped carrots
2 chopped celery ribs
1 chopped green pepper
1 large chopped onion
2 minced garlic cloves
1 glop olive oil
1 tbs. oregano
1 tbs. basil
1 handful chopped fresh parsley
Sea salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
Boil the beans until soft, changing the water about midway (helps cut down on gas issues later!) Drain water again, add new to just cover the beans, and add all ingredients but the parsley. Boil on low until the rest of the vegetables are soft, stirring occasionally. Add a little water if it starts to stick to the bottom of the pan. Turn off heat and stir in fresh parsley. Serve with a cabbage salad or chopped cucumber and onion salad.