Hottie Black-Eyed Peas and Greens and Conscious Eating

Last night I decided I really wanted something warm and comforting for dinner. It was rainy, cool and damp (my favorite kind of weather!). After a somewhat decent cardio workout I was starving and wanted to fix something that took under 30 minutes. I shared with you before how much I love the cookbook Appetite For Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I made the Hottie Black Eyed Peas & Greens recipe on pg.119. It was so delicious and satisfying. I don’t eat 100% raw at all. I would say I eat about 70% raw with my goal being 80%. The other 30% I try to eat mostly vegan. I used to believe I needed to eat some meat because of my blood type and just a bunch of old ideas I have about it. The meat/dairy industry wants us to believe we need it. I’m finding out that I really don’t. I don’t believe animals are beneath us and should only be here to serve us. I’m seeing just how self-centered I’ve been eating meat and cheese because it tastes good and not caring about how it got to my plate in the first place.I think if your going to eat meat make sure it’s grass-fed and pasture raised from a local farm. Know your source, go visit the farm. I think going vegetarian or vegan is a big step and can be done in stages like I have. I love animals and always have. I’m currently reading Conscious Eating by Gabriel Cousins,M.D.

This book is helping me get a much better perspective on veganism and why I’m so drawn to it, especially now. He talks about eating as a way to connect deeper to the divine. He also recommends you already have a steady meditation practice going. I’ve been meditating for almost 3 years doing Transcendental¬† Meditation twice a day for 20 minutes. I find myself becoming more and more changed every minute of every day. It’s only natural I feel drawn to this way of eating.

Recipe

1 teaspoon olive oil ( I used coconut oil)

1 small onion diced small

2 cloves garlic diced small

1 bunch of kale or collards, coarse stems removed, shredded ( I used collards and rolled the greens up and chopped them that way)

1/4 cup water

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 ( 15 ounce) cans black eyed peas ( I used dry beans and soaked them overnight with 1/4 inch wakame seaweed) then cooked for a few hours. * soaking beans with seaweed cuts down the gas producing effect of beans!

1 cup tomato sauce ( I used my left over sauce from the raw marinara I made)

1/2 cup vegetable broth

1 tablespoon hot sauce ( I used 2) I like it hot!

1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

preheat a 4 quart pot. saute onion, garlic. add greens and water and salt. cover and let greens cook down 5 minutes. add black eyed peas, tomato sauce, broth. Add hot sauce and liquid smoke, paprika,then use a potato masher to mash beans a little to thicken sauce. Add salt and more hot sauce if you want. I sprinkled a little turmeric on top.

This is a wonderful combination of vitamin A and iron. Very high in fiber and calcium.

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