Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Check for cross-contamination or unspecified natural flavors in sliced ham.


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The refrigerator light goes on...

You wouldn't think that black eyed peas are all that good for you but they are. The cheap, lowly black eye is a member of the legume family and chock full of everything good for you. A great ingredient as a side dish with your Oven Fried Chicken or used in a salad.


Black Eyed Peas

Servings: 4 | Serving size: 1 cup

Cooking Time: 120 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied or divided by 2.

This recipe is better if made the night before and it keeps well for about 48 hours in the fridge. See instructions in pictures.

Black Eyed Peas recipe from Dr. Gourmet


  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 cup dried black eyed peas (or 2 15-ounce cans of no salt added black eyed peas; see instructions for modifications)
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 ounce lean ham or proscuitto (diced)
  • 1 medium onion (minced)
  • 2 ribs celery (diced)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

Rinse the peas well and place in a large pot. Cover with cold water and soak for at least an hour (overnight if possible).

Drain the black eyes.

Place a large sauce pan over medium heat.

Add the oil and lean ham.

Cook until the ham is browned well.

Add the onion and celery and cook for about 5 minutes stirring frequently.

** If you are using canned beans, add them with the liquid from the can along with 1 1/2 cups of water.

Add the black eyed peas, water, salt and pepper.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about two hours until the beans are tender.

You may need more water during cooking.

** If you are using canned beans the cooking process will take an hour at the most.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 cup

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 160 Calories from Fat 23
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2.5g 3%
    Saturated Fat <1g 2%
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol <5mg 0%
Sodium 200mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
    Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
    Sugars 6g  
Protein 6g  
Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 14% Iron 9%
Vitamin K 40mcg Potassium 700mg