Black-eyed Peas

Black-Eyed Peas

Not only lucky, but healthy too!
by Sherry Frewerd

Black-eyed peasWhether it's January 1 or September 1, people love black-eyed peas. These lucky fellows are traditional on New Year's Day, but that shouldn't stop you from serving them in a variety of ways beyond the first of the year.

Long after you've broken your resolutions and the celebrating is over, black-eyed peas have much more to offer. You can find them canned, frozen, fresh or dried, and they remain a relatively inexpensive food. Black-eyed peas are a wonderful source of iron and contain some protein, so keep in mind that they are a healthy choice year round.

Here are some new ways that you may cook up the lucky black-eyed pea:

Black-Eyed Peas and Smoked Sausage
1 package of smoked sausage (turkey is good!)
2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1 (10 oz) package frozen black-eyed peas

Brown sausage in skillet and drain. Add water and seasonings, and bring to boil. Add peas, and return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes. Serves 8.

Tex-Mex Black-Eyed Peas
1 (16 oz) package dried black-eyed peas
5 cups water
1/4 lb. smoked ham hock
1 fresh jalapeno pepper
2 tbsp onion soup mix
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Wash black-eyed peas and place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water 2 inches above peas and let soak overnight. Drain peas. Add 5 cups water and next 6 ingredients. Bring to boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Remove jalapeno pepper. Serves 8.

Rosie's Black-Eyed Pea Skillet Supper
1 lb ground beef
1 1/4 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
2 (16 oz) cans black-eyed peas, drained
1 (16 oz) can chopped tomatoes, undrained
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Cook beef, onion and green pepper; drain. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stir often. Serves 6.

Sherry Frewerd publishes several websites and blogs for affiliate marketing and direct sales. Visit 'Grandma Rosie's House' for 'Practical Ideas for Everyday Living' and more delicious recipes.

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