A terrific black-eyed peas recipe is important to have in your recipe arsenal when it comes to great meals in your crockpot. It is thought of to be comfort food and is wonderful on a cold winter’s day.
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Are Black-eyed Peas Good for You?
Black-eyed peas have many nutritious values. They are full of fiber and can be used in many different recipes. Vegetarians can use black-eyed peas for their source of iron. It doesn’t matter how you prepare them, they are a great supplement to a healthy eating plan.
Black-eyed Peas Nutrition
One cup of black-eyed peas delivers 20 percent of the daily value of magnesium, calcium, and iron, and that’s just the start of the nutrition black-eyed peas provide.
Just one cup of cooked black-eyed peas otherwise known as cowpeas has 160 calories and a slight amount of fat. Five grams of protein represents 9 percent of the daily recommended intake for men and 11 percent for women. Like all legumes, black-eyed peas are an excellent source of soluble fiber. This helps prevent type 2 diabetes by keeping blood sugar in the balance after you eat. Soluble fiber also binds to cholesterol and carries it out of the body. Women get 32 percent of their daily intake of fiber from one cup of black-eyed peas, while men get 21 percent of theirs from the same amount.
Black-eyed Peas for the New Years
Do you know why black-eyed peas are thought of as good luck if you eat them on New Years’?
In the southern part of the United States partaking in black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is said to bring prosperity in the new year. Typically the peas are cooked with either bacon, fatback or some other pork product. They also have diced onion, and are served with peppered-flavored vinegar or a hot dog chili sauce. Traditionally the meal includes collard, turnip, mustard greens, cabbage, and ham. Since the peas swell during cooking this is where the prosperity symbolization comes from. The greens part of the meal is what symbolizes money; the pork represents going forward because when pigs root they go forward when foraging, and the cornbread stands for the symbol of gold. (Which normally comes with the meal).
Black-eyed Peas in Crockpot Recipe
- 1 (16 ounces) bag dried black eye peas
- 2 cups cooked ham, cubed
- 1 leftover ham bone (or ham hock)
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 3 cups of water
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ to 1 teaspoon salt
- Inspect peas and remove any rocks or bad beans. Rinse well.
- Dump all ingredients (except salt) into the slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until the peas are tender.
- Remove the ham bone and pull apart any meat from the bone. Cube and return the meat to the slow cooker.
- Taste and stir in salt as desired.
If you do not want to use ham to make this more vegetarian, omit the ham and use vegetable stock or water with your own spices added.
Black-Eyed Peas Food for Thought
So now that you have learned about their nutritional value and the ease of making this delicious meal. What are you waiting for? Even though New Years is over for this year, don’t let that stop you from making this mouth-watering meal for your family. Any meal in the slow cooker will allow you to have a hot meal waiting for you when all of the family gets home.
What Size Crockpot Should I Use?
For this recipe, I would use a 5-quart crockpot. You may also want to use a crockpot liner which allows for less mess when it is time to clean up. If you want to double your recipe a 10-quart crockpot may be more what you are looking for.