Cornbread, fish, and collard greens, I got what you need….if you want it; But I can’t eat that right? Soul food is the type of food traditionally eaten by African-Americans in the southern U.S.; But its reputation is full of fat and sugar, not good for you, diabetes here I come. It has a bad rep. I will never tell you “how to make healthy mac n’ cheese.” NOPE. Fat-free cheese, adding cauliflower, onions, skim milk, Blasphemy! I feel some things should just be left alone. If I want Mac n’ cheese I will eat it, moderation is key. On the other hand, I’ve learned that all soul food isn’t bad for you, it’s what we put in it and the PORTIONS we eat. There are endless waist shrinking ingredients you can add to maximize FLAVOR and still have Sunday dinner with grandma. Slow-cooker Black Eyed Peas, for example, are slowly cooked with chicken broth, peppers, onions, and smoked turkey. Packed with protein, fiber, & comfort.
Black Eyed Peas
1 Smoked Turkey Leg
6 cups water
1 lb. dried black-eyed peas, sorted and rinsed
1 onion, diced
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 red bell pepper seeded and diced
1 green bell pepper seeded and diced
Jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1tbs. Garlic Powder
1tbs. Onion Powder
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1. Pour the water into a slow cooker, add the bouillon cube, and stir to dissolve.
2. Combine the smoked turkey leg, black-eyed peas, onion, garlic, bell peppers, jalapeno, cumin, garlic/onion powder, salt, and pepper; stir to blend.
3. Cover the slow cooker and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours until the beans are tender.