Resolutions and Black Eyed Peas

2015_new_yearIt’s a new year and time for new resolutions and black eyed peas.  For 2015 I’ve made three resolutions, to get back to crossfit on a regular basis, get my house organized, and make a budget, sticking to it and spending less money.  The resolutions I’ve made this year are attainable and I’ve made myself accountable to others which will make it so much easier.

I’ve actually already put some things in place to help me stick to my resolutions.  First my daughter has decided to start going to crossfit with me so that will me with the hardest part of the workout…getting there.  Second I’ve started purging at my house.  We’ve lived here for 14 years and we have accumulated a lot of crap,  so out a lot of it must go.  The third thing has been to cook more from scratch and utilize items from my garden to help save some money.  This recipe for Southern Black Eyed Peas utilizes dried beans and bell pepper and onions from my garden so its money saving.

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?  If so what are they and how will you accomplish them?



Southern Style Black Eyed Peas


  • 1 lb Black Eyed Peas (Dried or Fresh work with this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup Onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 lb Bacon (ends and pieces are great for this)
  • 8 cups Chicken Stock or Bone Broth
  • 1 small Jalepeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. NOTE: Leave out the jalapeno and cayenne pepper if you don't like things spiced up. If you like things with a bit more kick add some extra cayenne or some Cajun spices to it.
  2. Cook your bacon but not to the point of being crisp.
  3. Add your "holy trinity", onions, celery, and bell pepper to the bacon and cook until tender.
  4. Add the garlic to the pan and cook until it begins to sweat. Don't overcook the garlic it will taste awful.
  5. Add your black eyed peas and jalapeno to the pot to fry them up a little.
  6. Add the chicken stock or bone broth.
  7. Stir in the salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper and bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce heat and let simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Add more stock if needed. Your peas should be nice and creamy looking when done.