When all else fails – make it up!
Have you ever spent hours looking for the perfect recipe? You hunt through your cookbooks – and find nothing. You put every search term you can think of into Google – and find nothing. You peruse your favorite food blogs – and find nothing that appeals to your taste buds.
That’s what happened to me. There was no time to go to the store the next day, and all I had in the pantry was one lonely bag of black eyed peas.
My pitiful garden, limp and moldy from Seattle’s woefully cool and damp summer, had some lovely kale hanging out in the back of the garden bed all by itself. Now I had a veggie for my black eyed peas.
I had black eyed peas, kale, some chicken sausage links, and an onion. The makings for a lovely, healthy, heart-warming stew. All I had to do was soak the peas, toss it all in my grandmother’s dutch oven and let it simmer down into a lovely creamy stew.
Not too bad for a made up meal, right?
- 4 cups black eyed peas, Soaked for 12 hours, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 medium chicken sausage links, cut into 1" pieces and halved
- 4 cups kale, chopped
- 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
- 1. Heat a large dutch oven over medium-high. Add 1 cup chicken broth, onion, garlic and chicken sausage. Cook down until broth is almost evaporated and onion and sausage starts to lightly brown. About 6 - 8 minutes.
- 2. Add remaining ingredients and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for approximately two hours until peas are very tender and stew thickens.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Black eyed peas are great legume for vegetarians to add to their diet as they are a good source of protein. Full of fiber, dieters will love them too for their stick to your ribs effect. Black eyed peas are also a terrific source of potassium, a mineral vital for healthy blood pressure and heart function.
Kale is very high in vitamins K, A, C, manganese and fiber. Vitamin A promotes vision and lung health. Vitamin C reduces the severity of inflammatory conditions such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Kale’s sulfur-containing phytonutrients can help prevent some cancers.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 20.81g
Total Carbs: 26.68g
Dietary Fiber: 6.19g
Weight Watchers Points 9