Yummy Black Eyed Peas Recipe

This black eyed peas recipe (or black eyed beans, depending on where you live) is quick, easy and a little bit different. Different I suppose, because of the addition of a little mint and brown sugar. These may seem like unusual ingredients with black eyed peas but they add a subtle yet notable richness to the dish.

I like this because it is one of those meals you can throw together when it seems like there is nothing in the cupboards apart from dried ingredients and cans. I also like to keep batches of cooked beans in bags in the freezer for quick meals like this. Home-cooked beans are more economical and more nutritious but canned beans are fine. If you use canned beans or pre-cooked frozen beans like I do, this recipe can be made in about 15 minutes. Serve it with rice or crusty bread for a simple, healthful meal.

Ingredients For 2 People

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 large red onion, sliced

3 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 14oz/400g can of chopped tomatoes

1 cup/200g of dried, soaked and cooked black eyed peas (black-eyed beans)
OR use a 15oz/400g can

5oz/150g frozen spinach

¼ teaspoon of chili flakes

½ teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of dried mint

1 teaspoon of brown sugar

Juice of ½ lime (about a tablespoon)

How To Make It

Heat the olive oil over a medium heat in a large pan.

Fry the onion and garlic slowly for about 5 minutes until softened.

Add the remaining ingredients and bring up to the boil.

Now lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.

Just before serving, stir in the lime juice and enjoy.

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