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Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas, Okra and Tomatoes

Before leaving on a road trip, I like to make food to freeze, so there is less concern about where to get a vegan meal on the road. As a bonus, the frozen meals act as “ice packs” for our food in the cooler! Planning ahead has allowed worry-free exploration of some of the more remote corners of the United States.

It has also meant spending more time having fun, and less time trying to find restaurants that serve vegan food or booking hotels with kitchens. As long as there’s a microwave at the destination (whether it’s in the lobby or our hotel room), it’s easy to get a hearty, healthy dinner going in a snap, especially when it’s something as delicious as this slow cooker black-eyed peas, okra and tomatoes recipe!

Inspired by the flavors of the U.S.’s Southern cuisine, this vegan black-eyed peas with okra and tomatoes recipe is one of my favorite slow cooker meals. It’s great for freezing for a road trip, freezing for a future meal, or eating on the spot. It’s easy to make and very hearty. Served over a heaping pile of quinoa or brown rice, it’s loaded with protein, fiber, essential vitamins and flavor.

In short, this vegan black-eyed peas and okra dish is absolutely delicious!

A healthy, hearty vegan meal with black eyed peas, okra and tomatoes

Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas, Okra and Tomatoes

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 large sweet onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

1 ½ tsp peeled and minced fresh ginger

½-1 small habanero pepper, chopped (if sensitive to heat, remove the seeds)

½-1 tsp smoked paprika

14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes

15 ounce can of tomato sauce

1 tsp miso (OR fake chicken bouillon paste)

12 ounce package of frozen black-eyed peas

12 ounce package of frozen sliced okra

Salt, to taste

Black pepper, to taste

Cooked quinoa or brown rice, to serve

1. In a large, heavy pot or dutch oven, add olive oil, onions, garlic, ginger and habanero. Sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add smoked paprika, salt and black pepper. Sauté for ~10 minutes over low heat until onions soft and slightly caramelized.

2. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and miso. Stir until well incorporated.

3. Add the tomatoes to a slow cooker. Stir in the frozen black-eyed peas and frozen okra. Secure the lid. Cook on HIGH for 4-6 hours (cook longer for softer black-eyed peas). Remove the lid. Serve over quinoa or brown rice.

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