Black Eyed Peas And Ham
900 g bag of black eyed peas
4 cups water
2 cups of ham cubed
1 onion large size chopped
3 garlic cloves minced
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp pepper
1 small can green chili peppers
1 tsp cumin
- Soak black eyed peas overnight.
- Drain peas and place in slow cooker.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Mix and Cook on low for 8 hours, high for 6 hours.
Although ham is delicious in this recipe and traditional for New Year’s Day, you can swap put the ham for bacon or use smoked turkey, fish or chicken instead. You can also find fresh organic black eyed peas in the produce section of your health food store. Use those if you choose not to deal with dried beans!
Risks & Health Benefits of Black Eyed Peas and Ham
Black Eyed Peas are a low fat legume loaded vitamins and minerals that make them of health benefit. These include calcium, vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, folate, antioxidants, phytonutrients (saponins and quercetin) and high fiber making them good for digestion, weight loss and disease. Black Eyed Peas are particularly useful for people with high blood pressure, so no need to add salt when using ham! In addition to their potential to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, black eyed peas are also good for those with diabetes and heart disease. Plus, the Folate and Selenium in black eyed peas helps at reducing risk of cancer, existing tumors and inflammation.
Health benefits of ham include vitamins and minerals (B Vitamins like B12, Niacin, Thiamine, B6 and Magnesium, Zinc, Iron. Ham is also a source of protein with muscle build amino acids for healing and growth. The key is to buy all natural pork and eat it in moderation. Keep in mind that it is rare to find guaranteed fresh organic pork in the United States. I have interviewed farmers who explained that organic pig feed and certification is too expensive for most farmers to afford raising organic pigs in the USA. Another problem with ham is that it is very high in sodium, therefore definitely avoid or eat in moderation if you have heart disease and / or high blood pressure.
Tradition of Black Eyed Peas and Ham
It is a southern tradition to eat certain foods on New Year’s Day for “good luck” in the New Year with black eyed peas and ham included. Makes sense since they probably derived in the West Indies where slaves were relocated to the Carolina’s in the 18th century. Also, these were two least desired meal options as they were considered animal feed. These legumes became a lucky food to Southerners when they were plentiful to eat during the war and extra fortunate to slaves who became free on New Years Day as a result of the Civil War.
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What’s Your Favorite Recipe?
I sometimes pop fresh black eyed peas one by one like a snack; just as I eat my chickpeas – LOL. I have also love to add them to the pan while sautéing kale green and scooping them from the pot when my grandma makes them (w/ ham hocks) on New Year’s Day. They are delicious! I am not a huge fan of ham, though love bacon for breakfast and wrapped around chicken at dinner!
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