Blackeyed peas and Kale bowl


Jan 14, 2013

I am determined to eat healthy ( still) and after all the gluttony done over the holidays, this determination is stronger. But I cannot shake the idea that eating healthy is not quite the same as eating. But it is recipes like this that really made me think differently.

This recipe does not call for any oil, so if you are one of those die heart dieter or someone who has to go on a cleansing diet of sort, this is the one to go. I tweaked it a little by using oil to fry up the onions and garlic, to me that’s the only way to bring the flavor out. For some unkown reason, all the groceries did not have bean sprout last night, so I ended up using cucumber salad as recommended in the blog.

After I was done with the dish and tasted it, my comment was “this dish is so healthy, it makes me want to cry.”

I have to say, this was a very good first step to a healthier way of eating.

Here is the recipe from the “Fat Free Vegan” blog:

Korean-Inspired Black-eyed Peas and Kale Bowl

Similar to bibimbap, this dish is a collection of separately-prepared ingredients served over rice. While it’s delicious with just the black-eyed peas and kale, I suggest adding a third component, such as the bean sprouts salad, shown, or Korean-Style Cucumber Salad.


Black-eyed Peas
  • 1.5 cups dried black-eyed peas, picked over and rinsed
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger root or ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons chopped ginger root
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos
  • 1/4 teaspoon Korean red pepper flakes (gochugaru) or red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large bunch (12-16 ounces) kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos
  • brown rice, to serve


  1. Pre-Cook the Blackeyed Peas: Combine the black-eyed peas, 5 cups water, 1 tbsp. ginger, 1 tbsp. garlic, and 1/2 tsp. salt in a pressure cooker or large pot. For pressure cooking, seal the cooker and bring to high pressure. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes; then allow the pressure to come down naturally for 10 minutes before releasing the pressure. For regular cooking, use 6 cups of water. Cover and simmer until peas are tender (60-90 minutes), adding more water if necessary.
  2. Drain the cooked peas, reserving 1 cup of liquid. Heat 2 tablespoons of water in a medium-sized non-stick saucepan. Add the 2 teaspoons chopped ginger root and 2 cloves of garlic. Cook for 2 minutes. Add the drained peas, 1/3 cup of their cooking liquid, 1 tbsp. soy sauce (or tamari), and red pepper to taste. Simmer uncovered for 20-30 minutes, as you prepare the kale. Add additional cooking liquid if the peas get too dry.
  3. Kale: Heat a deep, non-stick skillet. Add the chopped onion and cook until it begins to brown, adding a little water as necessary to prevent sticking. Add the red bell pepper and garlic and cook for another minute. Stir in the kale and 1/4 cup water and quickly cover. Steam until the kale is tender but still bright green, 3-6 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the soy sauce (tamari).
  4. Place a serving of rice into each bowl. Arrange the black-eyed peas on one side of the rice and kale on the other. Serve with hot sauce, such as Sriracha or the Gochuchang sauce in the notes below.


I served this with a simple hot sauce based on Korean red pepper paste (gochuchang). Mix 1 1/2 tbsp. gochuchang, 1 1/2 tbsp. hot water, 1 tsp. sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil in a small bowl. This makes a lightly spicy sauce that most people will not find too hot.

Easy Hint: You can use 2 cans of black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained, instead of cooking dried peas. Simply begin with step 2, use water instead of cooking liquid, and increase the amounts of ginger and garlic, as desired.

Gluten-Free and Soy-Free? Make this using coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s) | Cooking time: 1 hour(s) 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

Nutrition (per serving, without rice or sauce): 186 calories, 8 calories from fat, 1g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 432.9mg sodium, 793.2mg potassium, 34.4g carbohydrates, 6.2g fiber, 4.1g sugar, 12.5g protein.




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