When I first started this food blog, I started it with the intention of creating a Paleo-friendly blog. At that time I was big into Paleo eating but as the years went on (I was strick for 4.5 years) I really started to miss certain foods, beans being one of them.
The Paleo culture brainwashed me (pre-masters degree) into believing that beans are bad for you because they contain lectins but also because they are high in carbohydrates. Paleo doesn’t announce it but Paleo is a low-carbohydrate diet. I will not deny that following Paleo guidelines is a great head-start into how we should all be eating, but it’s important to incorporate healthy carbs such as; beans, whole grains, and oats.
This recipe was inspired by a cooking show I saw a few weeks ago. The chef made a black-eyed pea dish and I thought to myself, A) That looks delicious, and B) I’ve never had a black eyed pea before? I am a big foodie. I am always open to trying all different types of (whole) foods so when I see something new that looks appealing to me, I jump on it!
Let’s debunk the myth that black eyed peas are bad for you and here’s why:
- Very nutrient dense
- High in fiber
- Contain iron, zinc, potassium, and folate
- Contain 11 amino acids, including isoleucine, leucine, and valine (your muscle proteins).
- Low glycemic (38)
This recipe will pair great with any protein of choice. I’ve paired it with tuna, chicken, and salmon. All blended great!
INGREDIENTS: 4-6 Servings (1/3 to 1/2 cup = 1 serving)
- 2 15.5oz cans of black eyed peas (rinsed)
- 1 medium cucumber, cut into small pieces
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, diced into 1/4’s
- 4 scallions, chopped
- Handful fresh dill, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon dried oregano
- Pinch of sea salt and pepper
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- Fresh lemon juice, squeezed from a medium-large lemon
- Rinse your black eyed peas using a strainer.
- In a large bowl combine peas, cucumber, tomatoes, scallions, dill, dried oregano, sea salt, pepper, olive oil and fresh lemon juice.
- Mix well together and serve with protein of choice.