My family, traditionally from way back, makes Black Eyed Peas and Greens every New Years day. It was said to bring good luck to the people in the house that they where made. It would smell up the kitchen all day and we’d eat bowls full for lunch and then as a side at dinner.
Because our food and traditions come from the South; there is alwayssssss meat thrown in to add flavor; This Spicy Black Eyed Peas & Rice recipe adds that flavor without the meat.
I wanted to make this Spicy Black Eyed Peas & Rice without the stuff that I don’t eat anymore. If you want to throw some meat in there, make it your own but make sure you get that good luck for 2023. This Vegan take on Spicy Black Eyed Peas & Rice is just as hearty and flavorful as ever, so grab your ingredients and try this recipe and let me know when you get some of that good luck that’s coming to you.
Spicy Black Eyed Peas & Rice
- 2 Bags Frozen Black Eyed Peas or 1 bag of Dry Black Eyed Peas (follow cooking instructions on bag)
- 1 stalk Celery
- 1.2 Onion Red Sliced or Whole
- 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
- 2 tsp White Pepper
- 4 Cloves Garlic
- 1/2 Cup Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing (Brown, Thick)
- 1 tsp Sea Salt or Pepper Blend
- 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper (or more to taste)
Ingredients for Cha Cha
- 1 lb Okra Sliced
- 1 Whole Tomato Diced
- 1 stalk Celery Diced
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
- 1/4 Cup Vinegar
- 2 Cloves Garlic
White or Brown Rice (read the package for cooking instructions)
- Add Beans to a Pot
- Add water to the pot to cover the beans (half over)
- Add all dry ingredients to Beans and let boil
- Begin to Cook your Rice (Beans and Rice could take the same time to cook, sooooooo just cook them both now)
Let's make the Cha Cha
- Dice your Onion, Tomato, Celery & Garlic
- Heat a pan (medium heat) and add garlic, onions and okra.
- Cook for about 4 minutes, you are going to cook til the onions start getting a little translucent, if you think I needs moisture, add a small amount of water.
- Add seasonings and vinegar , turn fire down to a low heat
- Add water slowly and as it evaporates keep adding slowing til the cup is empty
- It's going to make your veggies taste a bit pickled