A Vegan Celebrates the Black-Eyed Pea

Hot Dang Black-Eyed Peas

As a child of the South, I have eaten black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day to increase luck for the year. Have you wondered why these little peas are celebrated? Some say it dates to the Civil War, yet the peas were not worthy of General Sherman’s troops to eat. Nevertheless, these little peas existed as food for slaves and on January 1, 1863, helped to celebrate the day of Emancipation Proclamation. The official day when slavery was no longer legal.

Vegan Hot Dang Black-Eyed Peas Recipe


•    2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

•    2 cloves of minced garlic

•    1 yellow onion diced

•     Half a jalapeño chopped (Only if you can take the heat.)

•    1/8 cup of all-purpose flour

•    A 16-ounce bag of frozen organic black-eyed peas

•    1 can of Rotel original diced tomatoes & green chilies

•    3 cups of vegetable broth or more


Place EVOO in a sizeable twelve-inch skillet on medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and jalapeno to the pan. Cook until onions are translucent.

Then add flour and stir for approximately one minute. Next, add black-eyed peas to the skillet and combine.

Add Rotel and one cup of the vegetable broth. Stir until thickened.

Then add two more cups of broth and cook until hot. Remember the recipe is spicy, and one can control the pepper by excluding the jalapeño or adding less Rotel. 

Accompany this recipe with collard greens and sweet cornbread.

See delicious Cornbread Recipe here: https://itdoesnttastelikechicken.com/the-easiest-and-most-delicious-vegan-cornbread/

I celebrate with these peas in hopes of one-day freeing farm animals from slaughter. 

Sending you love and light.

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