Quick Black-Eyed Peas

I woke up today feeling fluish. I've noticed that sickness often leads to a vicious cycle where your illness prevents you from making/eating healthy food, and then you feel sicker because you body is weakened from its lack of food. I took some steps to avoid this. The steps involved taking ice cream out of the freezer and eating it.

I had a brief influx of afternoon energy and decided to take advantage of it by making as much quick and healthy food as possible for the rest of the day. I made some rice, whipped out a hunk of cheese to soften for snacks, and threw together this superquick and easy black-eyed pea dish—which turned out to be very yummy!

Thanks to Amanda's life-saving Indian Night, I have been awakened to the wonder that is black-eyed peas. They are instantly delicious, so with very little labor on your part you can make a tasty dish and take all the credit.

This version required very little prep and only 30 min of stewing. Very adaptable to the whims of your pantry.


  • 2 cans black-eyed peas, drained
  • 1 or 2 Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped (fresh tomatoes make a difference here)
  • sprigs of fresh herbs (I used rosemary, thyme, and oregano—I felt like the rosemary really stood out)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped (I used frozen pre-chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (I used my happy pre-chopped garlic from Whole Foods
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • salt to taste
  • dusting of paprika


  1. Saute garlic and onion in olive oil.
  2. Add black-eyed peas, tomatoes, sugar, salt, and herbs (I usually just leave my herbs on the sprigs and snatch them out at the end). You might want to add a splash of water or vegetable stock to keep things moist.
  3. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more water as necessary—the dish should be moist but not soupy.
  4. Remove the herb sprigs. (I also remove visible tomato skins because I'm picky).
  5. Add salt if necessary and dust with paprika.

I ate this as is, but you might consider mixing with rice (add more tomatoes) or serving alongside greens or fried plantains— yum!




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