Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Black-Eyed Pea Soup (updated)

This is one of my personal favorite comfort foods. It's so delicious with a big slice of hot cornbread & butter.

I soak the beans overnight Nourishing Traditions -style (covered in water and 1-2 Tbs. whey for boosted nutrition), then drain and add to the crock-pot.

1 lb. Dried black-eyed peas
½ lb. Smoked ham, cubed
4 carrots, sliced
3 stalks of celery, sliced
crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
2 small bay leaves
2 Tbs. bacon bits
½ tsp. thyme
¼ tsp. black pepper
8 cups hot water

Add above ingredients to crock-pot and cook on LOW for 8 hours. 
Then saute in some olive oil:

1 med. Onion, diced
1 head of collard greens, chopped (optional)

Add to crock-pot and continue cooking for another hour on low. 
Just before serving, add:

1 tsp. salt
cup minced fresh parsley

*Serve with cornbread.

Barbeque Drumsticks

2 pkgs. chicken drumsticks (approx. 2 lbs. each)
1 onion, chopped
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbs. honey

Saute diced onion in olive oil until translucent, then add to crock-pot. Add remaining ingredients.
Cook on LOW for 5-7 hours or until chicken is cooked through.