Black-eyed Peas

Ingredients

2 cups of peas, rinsed and soaked or dry — if using a pressure cooker. 4 cups of water or 4 cups vegetable broth

2 bouillon cubes or 2 tbsp. Soup Starter (if broth is not used)

½ tomato, chopped

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 small green pepper, chopped (optional)

1 small or ½ cup onion, chopped

½ cup carrots, shredded

¼ cup kale or spinach, chopped

2 tbsp. canola oil

1/3 tsp. thyme

dash of  black pepper

Instructions

Pressure Cooker

Heat oil. Sauté the onions, garlic and green pepper until soft.  Stir in carrots and tomato.  Cook for 1 minute.  Add kale to top — do not mix in.  Add a little more oil or water, if needed.  Cover and cook for 1 minute.  Stir. Add water, bouillon and stir.  Add peas, thyme and black pepper. Bring to a slight boil. Cover and pressure on high for 7-8 minutes. Release pressure using the quick method.

Conventional Cooking – Stove Top

Heat oil. Sauté the onions, garlic and green pepper until soft. Stir in carrots and tomato. Cook for 1 minute. Add kale to top, — do not mix in.  Add a little more oil or water, if needed. Cover and cook for 1 minute.  Stir.  Add water, bouillon and stir.  Add peas, thyme and black pepper. Bring to a slight boil. Cover and cook on low for approximately 3 hours or until peas are tender.

Crock pot

In a pot, sauté the onions, garlic and green pepper until soft. Stir in carrots and tomato.  Cook for 1 minute. Add kale to top — do not mix in. Add a little more oil or water if needed. Cover and cook for 1 minute. Stir. Add water, bouillon and stir.  Add peas, thyme and black pepper. Bring to a slight boil. Pour into crock pot.  Cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours and on high setting for 4 to 5 hours.

Remove 1 cup of the peas. Puree peas in a blender or mash with a fork. Add to pot of peas.  Mix and serve over brown rice. Top with large raisins. Serves 4.

Variations

Add other vegetables.

Add a bay leaf for additional flavor.

For more color and taste, try wild rice instead.

Note: If not using a pressure cooker, soak peas for about 8 hours.

Copyright – Zima Health, 2009



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Black-eyed Peas

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