Slow Cooked Black-Eyed Peas are not just for new years day. They make a healthy stand alone meal or can become a part of other delicious recipes! Vegan + Gluten Free
My Ma used to make black-eyed peas in the slow cooker and had a hand in my love of these sweet little bundles of joy. Back in the day, we always had some sort of ham or kielbasa with black-eyed peas and we only had them, it seems, on New Years Day (Ma?). It’s a tradition in the South to eat black-eyed peas on New Years Day for good luck! I eat them pretty regularly now… minus the kielbasa… or ham .
Black-eyed peas, aka cowpeas, are little power houses of nutrition and not just for new year’s good luck! These legumes are available year round, are filling and make a hearty meal. Black-eyed peas are packed with fiber, protein, magnesium, folate and are low in calories. Best of all, black eyed peas are pretty inexpensive especially when bought in bulk.
Black-eyed peas work well in the slow cooker. I start with dried beans and do not soak them; this is what makes them so easy. After sorting and rinsing, I put them straight into the pot with all the veggies, spices and broth that the peas will need for the entire day. You’ll never miss the typical ham or pork that is traditionally added to black-eyed peas.
The great thing about this recipe is that it is versatile. The ingredients can be changed to suit your tastes and spiciness level and the peas can be used in other recipes, like BBQ Black Eyed Pea Collard Rolls or Black Eyed Peas with Smoky Collards and Cheesy Grits.
You can turn up the heat by adding more Tabasco or some diced jalapeños. If you want even more fiber in your diet, go for adding ribboned kale, chard or collard greens. Add the greens to the pot about 20 minutes before you’re ready to eat!
How do you like to prepare your black-eyed peas?
Slow Cooked Black-Eyed Peas
Pop these tender peas in the slow cooker and forget about them until dinner! Slow Cooked Black-Eyed Peas are not just for new years day. They make a healthy stand alone meal or can become a part of other delicious recipes! Vegan + Gluten Free
Measure, rinse and sort through the peas making sure they are free of stones and dirt. Prepare your vegetables by chopping into small dice, about ¼”. Mince the garlic and add all ingredients to the slow cooker, except the parsley. Give the ingredients a good stir, place the lid on the slow cooker, turn it on high and cook for 4 ½ hours.
Store in a lidded container in the refrigerator for up to three days or in the freezer for up to two weeks.
These peas freeze well and can be used in many other recipes.