Black-Eyed Peas & Spinach

Black-Eyed Peas & Spinach

Black-Eyed Peas & Spinach

 

One of the most common concerns of gluten-free, dairy-free, and/or sugar-free dieters is, “I just don’t have time to cook dinner every night.”  I hear you – yes, I used to be the one who made dinner-in-a-box several times a week.  When I first realized I would have to change my diet, I was terrified of all the work I would have to do every day just to feed myself.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked to cook, but breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week?  It took me awhile to get my system down.  Make extra for dinner so I can have the leftovers for lunch the next day.  Make a large batch of something in the crock pot and freeze portions for later.  But I also needed to learn that not every meal takes a lot of effort to create.  This vegan dish is one of those meals that you can make in 5 minutes.  It’s also perfect for a hot day because of minimal stove-top cooking time, and there is little clean-up. 

 

Here’s what you need:

 

2 T olive oil

1 cippolini onion or shallot, chopped

1 bunch spinach, washed

1 can Eden Organic black-eyed peas

1 tsp salt

 

Black eyes peas are rich in magnesium, iron, folate and protein.  I use Eden Organic black-eyed peas not only because of their organic agricultural practices, but also because they are one of the few companies that does not use the controversial chemical bisphenol-A in their canned goods.  Bisphenol-A, a chemical used in the lining of canned foods to extend shelf-life, when consumed at low doses mimics estrogen and has been linked to certain cancers, infertility, and behavioral disorders in children (read this). 

 

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and saute the onion or shallot for a couple minutes.  Then add the spinach and black-eyed peas.  Simmer until the spinach reduces and becomes soft and dark green in color, sprinkle with salt, and serve.  It’s as simple as that.

 

It is essential to embrace cooking as part of a healthy lifestyle.  What goes into your body is one of the most important things you can spend your time on – and whether gluten/dairy-intolerant or not, we should all strive to live the kind of lifestyle that allows us to enjoy slow, home-cooked meals.  As I create my meals, I savor the aromas, colors, and textures of the foods I prepare, knowing that they will both nourish my body and indulge my taste buds.  But every once in a while, it is nice to have a simple, low-maintenance meal that is both nutritious and appetizing.

 

Serves 2

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