Black Eyed Peas Aren’t Just For New Years Day

When I told my boyfriend I was going to be making black eyed peas for dinner, he gave me a face similar to this one πŸ˜•. 

For him, black eyed peas were only eaten on New Years Day. My family also has that tradition, but my mom cooked black eyed peas year round. 

I started by soaking the beans overnight. 

Here’s what I added to them:

  • Cajun smoked sausage 
  • Two bay leaves
  • One cup of chicken stock
  • Half an onion, chopped
  • Tablespoon of minced garlic
  • Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning to taste

What I learned from my parents when it comes to cooking beans is that you cook them low and slow. Low heat for a few hours. 

In the meantime, I chopped some carrots to roast in the oven. 

For the carrots, I used:

  • Extra virgin olive oil 
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Rosemary sprigs

I baked the carrots in the oven at 350 degrees for about thirty minutes. 

I served the black eyed peas over brown rice. It was so good. I think I made a believer out of Tim. I was pretty proud since it was something I just threw together 😝

How about you?! What are your family traditions when it comes to New Years? I’d love to hear! And if you have a black eyed peas recipe to share, I’d love to try it out!

I hope you enjoyed this post! 

Until next time,



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