Healthy Black Eyed Peas

This is one of those times I wish I was a food blogger with amazing skills to do this recipe justice visually.  I wish I had one of those photos that showed how DELICIOUS this dish is.  But, I don’t!  So PLEASE take my word for it!

We wanted to make the traditional Black Eyed Peas for New Year’s Day….  channeling our inner “southernness”.  But having just started The Daniel Plan, I needed it to be healthy.  So I decided to forgo old recipes and try my own version.  I gotta say, I’m super proud of this!  I got rave reviews from my fans family on this one…..

First up, COCONUT OIL!  Having just learned that olive oil is not the best choice for high cooking temperatures, I started with what is a great healthy alternative, coconut oil.  And NO it doesn’t make the dish taste like coconuts!

coconut oilI added plenty of fresh veggies, ham from Moody’s (a great Indy butcher that sells meat from their own farm — LOVE knowing where my food comes from and that it’s been humanely raised and processed), and plenty of spice.

blackeyed peas pot

So don’t let the pictures fool you….  this recipe is a keeper….

blackeyed peas

Healthy Black Eyed Peas


  • 1-2 TBSP Coconut Oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, cut to preferred size
  • 4 stocks of celery, diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 5 cups water
  • ham -- cut into chunks
  • 1 bag black eyed peas, soaked overnight and then drained
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joe's
  • 1 tsp Tumeric


Saute veggies in coconut oil over medium high heat until crisp tender. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until desired consistency is reached, 1 ½ hours - 3 hours.

I allowed this to cook down quite a bit, so we ate this as is.  But it would also be great over brown rice or quinoa.




  1. I LOVE cooking with coconut oil. It is fabulous for high temp cooking and has so many wonderful health benefits! Once we finish the Whole30 I am going to have to try this recipe I think. It does look yummy!

    • Kim | Just For Clicks says:

      I just discovered that unrefined coconut oil is best for medium heat…. but that refined coconut oil is best for medium-high heating. There’s a lot to learn and retrain myself in the kitchen when it comes to healthy eating! :-)

  2. This looks so good Kim!! I love tomato based soups, this looks so hearty & healthy – my kind of soup :)

    So happy to see you posting again!!

  3. Elizabeth Pergande says:

    Looks delicious!!!

  4. This recipe looks good Kim! I’m also impressed with your photography and recipe printing online skills. :)

    • Kim | Just For Clicks says:

      The recipe layout is a plugin…. are you still thinking about switching to wordpress? If so that’s a super easy addition you can make! And thank you for the photo comment…. I really admire food bloggers that make magazine quality photos. Not my thing for sure! I’m more of a snap before we eat gal! :-)

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