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How many of you were mostly, if not only, familiar with black eyed peas as a band? I knew it was a food, but had never eaten it.

Well, here’s proof of the food, and evidence that I have now tasted black eyed peas! What is your favorite way to prepare them? With what other canned goods are you creative?

**Recipe:

  • 1 can black eyed peas
  • 1.5 cups bean cooking liquid or water + unsalted vegetable bouillon cube OR unsalted vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp oil (I used sesame)
  • 2 thin slices fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 – 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 cup diced plum tomatoes (1/2 to 1 can tomatoes, to taste)
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

Drain and rinse black eyed peas well, removing any foreign material or spoiled beans. Add fresh water to cover, bring to a boil, skim the foam, add the bay leaf, and simmer until soft (1 – 2 hours)

Heat the oil in a large saucepan on medium low

Stir fry minced jalapeno, ginger, garlic and mustard seeds until the seeds start to pop

Add the rest of the spices and heat thoroughly in the oil

Add the diced tomatoes and stir fry until soft

Add the black eyed peas and enough stock to just cover the peas. Cover and cook for 10 minutes

Serve with your favorite colorful side. I cooked frozen cranberries, spinach and yellow/green squash, for example.

**Nominal Nutritional Information:

Black-eyed peas contain a fair amount of protein, fiber and folate.

Ginger is a very rich source of pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.

Sesame oil is known for containing vitamin e. Please check labels on your favorite oils before consuming.

Jalapeno pepper is a good source of Riboflavin, Niacin, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

Garlic is rich in manganese, vitamin B6 and vitamin C, and is a good source of thiamin or vitamin B1, phosphorus, selenium, calcium, potassium, iron and copper.

Stewed tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C, iron and fiber.

Cumin is most known for supplying iron, though there are also notable amounts of manganese, calcium and magnesium in this spice.

Coriander is very high in calcium, dietary fiber, iron, manganese, magnesium, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, vitamins a, b6, c and zinc.

Mustard seed contains trace amounts of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium.

Paprika’s top benefit is that it is extremely high in vitamin C.

Turmeric contains magnesium, iron, potassium and vitamin B6.

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