Black eyed peas are so healthy and yummy. I’m usually wanting something fast and easy, though, when I’m busy with work and family. Most of the time, there’s probably not time to shell peas and wait until they cook. Or I’m tired and want something easy. Having a can of healthy veggies to open and eat is my version of healthy fast food.
Per half cup, these canned black eyed peas provide 6 g of protein, 4 g of fiber, and other great nutrients such as calcium, potassium, B1, B2, folate, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc. Half a cup only has 1 g of fat, 25 mg of sodium, and 16 g of carbs.
Eden is the brand of peas I always buy. Eden soaks their beans and peas which is important. Years ago, people always soaked peas and beans. Soaking helps to break down phytic acid (also called an anti-nutrient) which can bind to calcium and slow its absorption. This soaking process also helps digestion and the gut.
I grew up with my mom cooking fresh black eyed peas straight from our garden. I have many sweet memories of her shelling peas. Sometimes, I would help her. She would usually leave “snaps,” the part that looks like little green beans, in the peas. That’s my favorite way to eat black eyed peas…with the snaps. So I add a can of organic green beans. It’s my easy version of having snaps.
I season the black eyed peas with organic extra virgin olive oil and a little bit of freshly ground pepper. What would really make this delish is to have a piece of corn bread baked in a black iron skillet the way my mother use to fix it! That’s the best! Again, if I’m wanting something fast, organic tortilla chips is the next best thing to cornbread. (always buy organic corn products but that’s another post)
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