Ingredient Spotlight: Steamed Black Eyed Peas

Black eyed peas in jute bag spilled on jute background

With the holiday season fast approaching, the winter season is just around the corner. As we settle into the colder months, we often crave foods that are both warm and comforting such as thick, hearty soups and sweet, rich pastries. A great way to indulge and stay full during these months without adding inches to your waistline is by incorporating plenty of black-eyed peas into your recipes.

Black-eyed peas are actually not peas, but rather a part of the legume family, making them beans. With their distinctive blacks dot resembling eyes, people say good luck comes to those who eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. Now we’re not sure whether black-eyed peas bring good luck, but we can certainly say that they bring good health. Not only are they low in fat and calories, they are also extremely high in protein and fiber, making them a smart choice for anyone looking to drop and keep off that extra holiday weight gain.

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While you can buy black-eyed peas at the grocery store, our Steamed Blackeyed Peas takes out all the extra steps of having to prepare them. They come prepackaged in a vacuum sealed pouch and are not only pre-shelled, but also pre-steamed. GMO-free with no additives and preservatives, you’re getting all the natural goodness of black-eyed peas with twice the convenience. Pardon our pun, but how’s that for easy-peasy? Here are a few recipes to help get you started.

BlogPost_IngredientSpotlight_BlackEyedPeas_5 Baby Corn and Blackeyed Peas

A simple vegetable side dish with plenty of baby corn, bell peppers, cilantro and of course blackeyed peas. Use for your favorite salsa for added heat.

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Mixed Baby Greens with Blackeyed Pea Salsa Fresca

Blackeyed-peas are great sprinkled over salads and add wonderful texture and extra protein. This recipe shows you how to make a wonderful salsa fresca with them. The result? A healthy, light and delicious salad.

Blackeyed Pea Stew in Puff Pastry Cups BlogPost_IngredientSpotlight_BlackEyedPeas_3

A tasty appetizer for holiday parties, this recipe comes in conveniently miniature sized. Soft, flaky puff pastry envelops a hearty vegetable stew filled with plenty of flavor, and of course, blackeyed peas!

BlogPost_IngredientSpotlight_BlackEyedPeas_2Blackeyed Pea Dip

Making your own dip is easy when you have blackeyed peas and crackers. All you need is a food processor to create this simple snack.

Are you a fan of steamed blackeyed peas? What is your favorite way of enjoying them? And which one of these recipes would you like to try making?

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