Thursday, August 12, 2010

It’s all in a pinto…or not


Today was a MUCH better day! Thank you guys for your sweet emails :) It’s always nice to know that we can all be there for each other when we need a little support! So let’s get back to those…

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Pinto Beans!!  Black-eyed Peas!!!

Have you guys just been dying in anticipation for this recipe? Somehow…I think not. But I’m going to tell you right now, you should have been!!

Not even a year ago, I had never even eaten a black-eyed pea. (And still get them confused with pinto beans) Then my bestie sister made a Hoppin’ Joan salad that changed my life. I think I had avoided them in the past because of their smell when you cook them. Little did I know, they are super delicious!

PLUS they’re really, really good for you. They’re full of soluble fiber, which can help lower bad cholesterol and they pack a protein punch! Full of calcium, folate, and vitamin A…and they’re not full of fat! :) I love their taste…very meaty, with a ton of depth. Want to learn more?

I was going to add some brown rice to this recipe, but I didn’t want to starch it up. However, I highly suggest adding brown rice if you’re not super wary of starch!

To make my super quick lunch, I sautéed one clove of garlic, minced and one small tomato, diced, in one tbsp. of olive oil over medium heat:

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After a few minutes, I added the black-eyed peas and cooked for another five. Then I added in a swish of lime juice and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Then I covered the pan with three handfuls of chopped spinach.

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Then I covered it with a lid until the spinach was wilted. It’s so amazing how much spinach cooks down! Then I stirred it all together, and served!

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Well, actually, I didn’t serve! I tossed it in a tupperware and headed off to work! But this lunch was amazing. Quick and easy. PLUS it really filled me up!


Ok! I’m off to fill 100 tiny little bags with 300 tiny little watermelon seeds. :)

What in the world will I do with my time when this wedding over?!


Editor’s Note: Much thanks to my bestie sister for calling me and letting me know that I had miswritten this ENTIRE post as pinto beans instead of black-eyed peas!! Eek!


Michele said...

I love daal, fuul and other African/Middle Eastern legume recipes, that neither call for, nor need, rice or any carb/starch.

Also, I am SO jealous of the wondeful food - and company - I'm missing tomorrow.

Marlow said...

Oh No!! I didn't know you weren't coming tomorrow!! :(

GF Gidget said...

This looks so yummy! Did you use canned or dried?

Lori said...

Oh my gosh, I have a serious yen for pinto bean, I mean black eyed peas and spinach - two of my favorite things! I may just have this for dinner tonight. YUM. Thanks.

Marlow said...

Gidget - I used canned but I think next time I'm going to use dried!