Black-Eyed Pea Vegetable Stew

2 cups dried black-eyed peas

1 Tablespoon Peanut oil

1 medium yellow onion sliced

8 ounces baby button mushrooms whole

4 cups vegetable broth (32 ounces), and a 1/8 cup, divided

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 Tablespoon Lowcountry seasoning, or Johnny’s seasoning

2 bay leaves

1 whole yellow bell pepper sliced into 2-3″ strips

(Optional)1 package Tofurky Organic Non-Genetically Modified Kielbasa

1 Tablespoon cider vinegar

1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes

10 ounces kale

(Optional) Corn Bread.  I use Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Stone Ground Cornbread Mix, which happens to be gluten-free as well.

Wash & rinse black-eyed peas and set aside.  Heat oil in a large skillet or stew pot over medium heat.  Add onion, cook 3 minutes until tender.  Add whole mushrooms, cook 2-3 minutes until lightly browned.

Stir in broth, bring to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits.  Stir in black-eyed peas, salt, red & black pepper and bay leaves.  Cover and simmer 45 mins or until peas begin to soften.  Uncover and cook 15 mins or until liquid begins to thicken.

Add 1/8 cup vegetable broth to a skillet on med-high heat(large enough to fit bell peppers and Tofurky Kielbasa in a single layer).  Add bell peppers, cook 3 mins.  Add 1/2 of Tofurky Kielbasa package cut into thick coins, cook til desired degree of crispness and browness/charredness.

Get cornbread in the oven according to package directions (I use EnerG Egg Replacer or Ground Flaxseed & Water for the eggs, Rice Milk and Vegan Butter).

Stir in vinegar, tomatoes, kale, kielbasa and bell peppers.  Simmer 10 mins or until peas are tender, stirring occasionally.  Discard bay leaves.  Serve as is or with corn bread 🙂

17 responses to “Black-Eyed Pea Vegetable Stew

  1. Pingback: Black-Eyed Pea Vegetable “Kielbasa” Stew | Plant Based Diet Adventures

  2. petit4chocolatier

    Excellent recipe Heather! You inspire me with your healthy food ingredients! Love the Tofurky Organic Non-Genetically Modified Kielbasa!
    Sounds good!!

  3. Thanks for the recipe! I’ve noticed lately that much of my diet is reverting to pasta and carbs. I want the veggies but have run out of tasty stews etc… over use of them I guess. This looks good so I’ll try it out 🙂 JW

    • You got it! Thanks, Joe and it’s great to hear from you! I hope all is well, I hadn’t heard from you lately so I was wondering if you’ve been out on the trail! Enjoy the recipe and let me know what you think 😉

      • Just writing stories and checking online to see what Charleston sc is like. I’m getting tired of flat land and no trees. I don’t want the urban life and prefer rural. The problem with moving is I have the worst luck. I think I see a nice area, move there and then find out it’s horrible! Darn, my electric just went out again so I cant send this right away. (much later) OK, it’s back on 🙂 Joe

        • Well Charleston is amazing. I have never heard anything but good things to say about it from everyone who lives in Charleston.
          I’m glad to hear you have power!

          • How do you think they’d take to an old cowboy?

          • Ohhhhh you’d be warmly welcome! That’s how the South is, and Charleston is fantastic!

          • Well, I might just take a couple days and see what I can see. I miss the change of seasons. And to be honest, the folks down here in Florida aren’t the friendliest around. Most hail from New York City. I miss the West but got used to seeing big forest when I was up in Ohio. They sure are peaceful. But, Ohio’s too cold for me. I like winter but my knees don’t!
            I may have some exciting news about my western blog… gotta get together and brain storm with a couple internet Geeks to figure out the I.T. end of things but I’m really excited! It’s something cutting edge. It won’t work out for the Heritage recipe part but it does open up a whole new media for books that don’t use photo’s 🙂 I’ll keep ya’ posted Dear.

          • You know Joe, South Carolina may be one of those perfect combinations of great people, fantastic weather, beach, mountains…what more can you ask for!
            Congratulations on the exciting happenings, I can’t wait to hear more!
            If you come into the area, let me know 🙂

          • Will do my friend. I’m not one for wanting the urban or suburban scene. I myself would be comfortable living in a stupid trailer in the woods or in a rural area. I have a beautiful home here but when I spent 2 years building a huge Barn up in WV, I lived in an old trailer. I had a great time and was comfortable. I never was one to try to impress or be impressed by things. Right now I’m bracing for a hurricane that will hit here just as I’m supposed to be taken out to dinner for my B-day… figures! LOL

          • I hope you had a great Birthday dinner out!! And hopefully no cameo from the hurricane during…?

          • No dinner, cancelled until tomorrow 😦
            Sandy (the hurricane) didn’t do much but give us wind and rain. Down here a 50 mph wind in a storm is considered a stiff breeze. You folks seem to be in it’s target next… good luck!
            BTW I have to post a recipe for my potato salad soon. … yes, I use eggs in it…
            I’ve been doing some research on eggs. It seems they don’t have all the same qualities as meat does. I’ve read some very interesting scientific studies. I’m now questioning the TOTAL absence of eating eggs. I’ll let you know what I find.

          • The storm wasn’t bad here, definitely created some GREAT waves for surfing 😉
            Did you get out for you Birthday dinner?

          • Tomorrow 🙂 I’m sure looking forward to it. I’ll let you know if they had to drive me home using a wheel barrow!

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