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Easy Vegetarian Meals- Spicy African Black Eye Peas

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Peas are inexpensive to buy, heart healthy and can feed a large family easily. They are my “go to” for something easy, filling and will freeze beautifully. Spicy African Black Eye Peas are an easy vegetarian meal that will satisfy the entire family.

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Peas can make a great winter meal in itself. This recipe can be a hearty and filling meal all on its own. Peas or legumes are an important part of eating healthy. They contain 29-36% of the 50% Daily Value (%DV) intake per 1 cup, cooked needed a day and are a perfect source of protein, fiber, iron, and potassium.

In almost every vegetarian meal peas can become a one pot wonder! You can add or take away almost any ingredient within this recipe and it will still be great.

If you like spice and a taste of Ethiopia these beans are awesome to prepare

Ingredients

  • 2 c dry black eyes peas (12 oz)
  • 1 chopped onion (I used a red onion)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (I used coconut oil mixed with an olive oil based butter)
  • 1/4 c Cumin
  • 1/4 c Cilantro (I use fresh but dried works too)
  • 3 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp of salt (or to your taste) I use pink Himalayan or sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or to your taste) I put a whole habanero pepper, uncut. If you cut it (minced) which you can just know you are letting out the beast!
  • 2 tsp Berber seasoning
  • 3 1/2 c water
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 3 medium tomatoes (I use vine-ripened tomatoes)
  • 1 c coconut milk (don’t’ let this throw you like it did me, it was actually a really good addition)
  • 1 c stock (chicken or vegetable) low-sodium brand

How to Make It!

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In a large saucepan, cover the peas with seasoned water and let boil. I season my water with salt and pepper. Simmer over moderate heat for about 40 minutes or until the peas are tender. Add salt to taste and let stand for 5 minutes, drain well and set aside.

In a separate large saucepan melt the oils and add onion, garlic, ginger, and pepper; continue to cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until the ingredients have softened and begun to brown, about 10 minutes.

Add Berber seasoning and turmeric and continue cooking about 2 minutes. You will LOVE the fragrance that will come from this combination of seasonings. It’s heavenly!

Add tomatoes, let softened about 5 minutes then stir in coconut milk and stock and bring to a boil.

Simmer over medium-low heat stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens, 20 minutes or so.

Add peas to the sauce and cook over medium-low heat, stirring peas till lightly coated about 10 minutes. Fold in cilantro and serve.

Add it or Not, Additions to your Pot

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Organic roasted/grilled corn makes a great addition to this meal with the sweetness it brings from roasting it. Great contrast to the spice. 

Fat Sodium and Cholesterol Free

Organic russet or white potatoes (I’ve even added sweet potato) cut into bite-sized cubes and add to the pot. The potatoes soak up the seasonings in the broth and will make the dish a lot heavier and even more filling. You will need to monitor the broth level and add water if needed.

Organic white or brown rice. Rice and peas…….classic!

Remember if you add water to add seasoning, otherwise, your dish will lose some of its flares.

Spicy African Black Eye Peas

In almost every vegetarian meal peas can become a one pot wonder! You can add or take away almost any ingredient within this recipe and it will still be great.
If you like spice and a taste of Ethiopia these beans are awesome to prepare
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 c dry black eyes peas 12 oz
  • 1 chopped onion I used a red onion
  • 1/2 cup olive oil I used coconut oil mixed with an olive oil based butter
  • 1/4 c Cumin
  • 1/4 c Cilantro I use fresh but dried works too
  • 3 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp of salt or to your taste I use pink Himalayan or sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger peeled
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or to your taste I put a whole habanero pepper, uncut. If you cut it (minced) which you can just know you are letting out the beast!
  • 2 tsp Berber seasoning
  • 3 1/2 c water
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 3 medium tomatoes I use vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 1 c coconut milk don’t’ let this throw you like it did me, it was actually a really good addition
  • 1 c stock chicken or vegetable low-sodium brand

Instructions

How to Make It!

  • In a large saucepan, cover the peas with seasoned water and let boil. I season my water with salt and pepper. Simmer over moderate heat for about 40 minutes or until the peas are tender. Add salt to taste and let stand for 5 minutes, drain well and set aside.
  • In a separate large saucepan melt the oils and add onion, garlic, ginger, and pepper; continue to cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until the ingredients have softened and begun to brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Add Berber seasoning and turmeric and continue cooking about 2 minutes. You will LOVE the fragrance that will come from this combination of seasonings. It’s heavenly!
  • Add tomatoes, let softened about 5 minutes then stir in coconut milk and stock and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer over medium-low heat stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens, 20 minutes or so.
  • Add peas to the sauce and cook over medium-low heat, stirring peas till lightly coated about 10 minutes. Fold in cilantro and serve.

The Southern in Me

High Protein Food

Hot Water Cornbread Fritters

  • 1-2 c cornmeal
  • 1-2 packets of Splenda
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (solid)
  • A pinch or two of salt
  • Peanut oil
  • Boil 2 c of water

In a small pot bring to a boil 2 cups of water. Heat up a skillet with about 1/4 inch of oil.

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In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Add the solid coconut oil (substitute shortening) and slowly stir in the boiling water, make sure the oil has melted. Continue to add water until you get a pancake batter type of texture; make sure it is mixed well.

By now your oil should be hot enough to start cooking. Keep your eye on it. You do not want it to start burning.

Take a large tablespoon and scoop a healthy heaping spoonful of batter then gently drop a dollop of cornmeal in the oil. Fry 5 minutes each side. Take out and place on paper towels to dry. Best while hot! Can be great eaten as a snack with raw organic honey or organic maple syrup!

A Recipe to Love

Spicy African Black Eye Peas is an easy vegetarian dish capable of deliciously transforming into a complete meal that will satisfy your entire family. Peas are inexpensive to buy and super easy to make. They are so versatile that you can add almost anything to it using fresh ingredients. You won’t even miss the fact there is absolutely NO meat in this dish!

I tend to tweak all my recipes to fit my families particular taste buds so I may make things a little spicier than the recipe requires. You are more than welcome to do the same. 

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If you decide to make this spicy dish let me know how you liked it or how you may have tweaked it for your families taste buds. I would love to hear from you!

Now, remember, any topic I post about is usually within my experience to speak on. Meaning, I try every recipe before I post it. Just because it’s a healthy dish does not mean that it tastes good. I want dishes that are healthy and taste GREAT! Some recipes I’ve found while others I’ve created but all of them I am currently making as meals for my family. They love it! I hope your family will too!!

Hot Water Cornbread Fritters

The Southern in me!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1-2 c cornmeal
  • 1-2 packets of Splenda
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil solid
  • A pinch or two of salt
  • Peanut oil
  • Boil 2 c of water

Instructions

  • In a small pot bring to a boil 2 cups of water. Heat up a skillet with about 1/4 inch of oil.
  • In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Add the solid coconut oil (substitute shortening) and slowly stir in the boiling water, make sure the oil has melted. Continue to add water until you get a pancake batter type of texture; make sure it is mixed well.
  • By now your oil should be hot enough to start cooking. Keep your eye on it. You do not want it to start burning.
  • Take a large tablespoon and scoop a healthy heaping spoonful of batter then gently drop a dollop of cornmeal in the oil. Fry 5 minutes each side. Take out and place on paper towels to dry.

Notes

Best while hot! Can be great eaten as a snack with raw organic honey or organic maple syrup!
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9 thoughts on “Easy Vegetarian Meals- Spicy African Black Eye Peas

  1. Diamond Hemp
  2. Wow ! I love spicy meals. Apart from the recipes in the article, what other recipes that have the black-eyed pea can you recommend? Does spicy food have anything to do with gastric ulcer?. How can I get a list of recipe and ingredients for mainly vegetarian people?

    Eating the black eye peas is good because it gives a lot of protein.i would recommend the black eye peas dish to anyone.

    1. Hi Olanike!
      Thank you for your comment. Yes, there are lots of recipes with black-eyed peas as a main dish. There’s a great southern style that’s vegan and gluten-free. I will post it soon along with a couple more vegetarian and vegan recipes. Spicy food doesn’t cause ulcers, but it can irritate existing ulcers. I have a list of vegetarian foods that should always be in your kitchen. Check out my post: https://scolediscovery.com/benefits-to-eating-healthy-no-meat/

  3. Hi! I really like the black eye peas. And the taste of Ethiopia is really unique.

    This is really a nice recipe. And I’m surprised about how easy it is to prepare it. I like that it’s flexible: any ingredient can be taken away an it’ll still taste great.

    I really like vine-ripened tomatoes. And I also like coconut milk and know that it will add an interesting flavor to the dish. Is this one of the main dishes of Ethiopia?

    1. Legumes/beans or lentils are a staple vegetable for Ethiopian foods. Their diet consists of a lot of fresh vegetables and meats with a mix of fragrant spices.

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  5. I’m SO interested in this! I’m a vegetarian and have been for many years. I’ve never had black eyed peas because my Mama never cooked them and my husband claims he doesn’t like them. I’ve seen them in the grocery store though. What is the difference in African black eyed peas and black eyed peas grown round the world?

    The recipes look mouth-watering. Thanks for letting the world know about the joys of being a VEG!

    Veggie Sue

    1. Hi Sue. There isn’t a difference in the peas just the spices that are used in the recipe. Your husband may like them cooked this way. It is a completely different flavor, in my opinion. Let me know if you get to try it. I have an Ethiopian Cabbage recipe I’m getting together now. Thank you for reading! 

  6. I absolutely love what I read in this insightful article because it is full of great information. This is fascinating and interesting to me. This is a must to prepare food, vegetarian meals spicy African black eye peas would be of a great taste to eat This is a proteinous food that every home should apply to there meal schedule. I would give this meal a trial soon and enjoy it with my partner. Thanks for the information 

  7. I am usually not a fan of peas or legumes, but your recipe sounds delicious, and has me wanting to try this out. I like the ingredients that go into this meal, and I’m really looking forward to trying It out, and letting you know how it tasted.

    My son also hates legumes, hopefully with this recipe he will see it differently

    1. I hope your son likes it. It has a really nice flavor. Please let me know how it turns out for you. Thank you for the comment.

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