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Black-Eyed Pea and Veggie Bowl with Cauliflower Rice

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Sometimes the simplest recipes are truly the best recipes.  You know what I am talking about, right?  The recipes that only include a few healthy and whole ingredients, or those that are thrown together from ingredients already found in your pantry or refrigerator, often produce the tastiest results.  I most certainly stand behind this belief and am ready to show you that cooking does not have to be fancy or complicating in order to create delicious dishes.  This Black-Eyed Pea and Veggie Bowl, which is made with cauliflower rice, is a fabulous example of simple cooking at its finest.

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Black-Eyed Pea and Veggie Bowl with Cauliflower Rice

Slightly adapted from Elise’s recipe for succotash (she seriously has some of the best simple recipes!)

Servings: 1-2 (I ate it all at once but it was a huge portion)


1 1/2 cups cooked black-eyed peas
2 cups of riced cauliflower (this recipe explains how to “rice” cauliflower)
water, for cooking
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 orange bell pepper, diced
1/4 small red onion, diced
1/3 cup frozen peas
1/3 cup frozen corn
4 TB Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or low-sodium soy sauce)- more, if desired
1/2 tsp sriracha sauce
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
black pepper, to taste


1. Cook black-eyed peas according to package directions and rice your cauliflower.

2. Heat a thin layer of water over medium-high heat in a large skillet.  Once hot, lower the heat to medium and add in garlic, peppers, and onions.  Cook for approximately 6 to 8 minutes, or until softened.  Add additional water, as necessary.

3. Stir in peas and corn.  Cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes.

4. Lower the heat to medium-low.  Stir in cooked black-eyed peas, riced cauliflower, liquid aminos, sriracha sauce, and seasonings.  Stir until well-combined and serve.

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As I am sure that you have noticed, this truly is a simplistic recipe.  It uses whole and natural ingredients like cooked beans, vegetables, and spices.  It is also incredibly simple to make.  I prepared, cooked, and combined all of these ingredients in about 20 minutes.  I don’t know about you, but I can definitely dedicated 20 minutes out of my day to prepare a healthy, whole, and delicious meal like this one.

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While this certainly was not the first time that I had created a simple “bowl” recipe with leftover vegetables in my refrigerator, this dish did provide me with several new cooking experiences.  I cooked beans (instead of buying them in a can) for the first time.  I prepared and ate black-eyed peas for the first time (seriously, they are good!), and I tried cooking with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos for the first time in this recipe (I made this awhile back if you are wondering, since I have mentioned Bragg’s in several previous posts already).  Bragg’s Liquid Aminos are a much healthier version of soy sauce with way less sodium than even low-sodium soy sauce.  I absolutely recommend cooking with them.







The next time that you are looking for a simple, yet healthy and delicious, recipe to cook, or when you simply need to use up vegetables in your refrigerator or freezer, give this tasty bowl a try!

What are some simple recipes that you love to “throw together?”

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  • Erin June 4, 2013, 7:53 am
    This is a recipe my mom would LOVE! She is obsessed with black-eyed peas!
  • jumpeatrun June 4, 2013, 8:12 am
    OOOH....this just sounds/looks like a big bowl of deliciousness!!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl June 4, 2013, 11:36 am
      It absolute was..and it makes a HUGE portion for a low amount of calories. I had multiple bowls :).
  • Kelly @ Vegan Iowan June 4, 2013, 8:52 am
    The only time I've had black-eyed peas is on New Years' Day - my friend's southern grandma said that if you eat them on January 1, you'll have good luck all year. This recipe looks so healthy and natural - and I am impressed by how you were able to combine such interesting ingredients!
  • elise June 4, 2013, 9:16 am
    all hail the hippie bowl right? i have riced cauli in my fridge right now that im itching to use :)
  • Brittany June 4, 2013, 9:29 am
    When I worked at TJ's I would eat the same lunch almost EVERY day. It was a bowl of some kind of base either rice, or lentils, piled with tomato and avocado. Then finished with salsa, and I had chips to dip. It was my favorite. I think I need to have that tonight!
  • chasingchels June 4, 2013, 9:38 am
    Mm i love making stir frys, salads, and egg scrambles with leftover stuff i find in my fridge and pantry! Simple but effective and always tasty :)
  • Jamie H. June 4, 2013, 10:11 am
    Looks simple and delicious! I love anything with spaghetti squash. Throw any sauce on it with some cheese, and you've got yourself a meal :-)
  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance June 4, 2013, 11:04 am
    I love cauliflower rice! And black-eyed peas always fall off my radar after New Year's . . . lol. I should have them more often!
  • Cait's Plate June 4, 2013, 11:19 am
    Oh YUM! This looks so good!! I haven't experimented with black-eyed-peas nearly enough. I definitely need to get on that!
  • blonde hair blue eyed runner June 4, 2013, 11:21 am
    I'm ready for my mid morning snack and now all I want is this haha I need to stop reading your blog when I'm hungry lol This looks amazing!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl June 4, 2013, 11:40 am
      Haha, too funny! I have the same problem when I am reading blogs! Yesterday I was craving Asian food at 10 a.m. ;).
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies June 4, 2013, 11:43 am
    My boyfriend grew up in the south so black eyed peas are a normal thing for him, and he wants dishes with them all the time. I bought a can like a year ago and we still haven't used it... I've been pretty terrified! But if you say they're good, I'm more likely to trust them. Josh has terrible taste sometimes ;-)
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine June 4, 2013, 12:11 pm
    To be honest, I am not a huge fan of cauliflower rice... I tried it once and I think it was a texture thing. Maybe if I try to mix it into this recipe, I'll like it!
  • megbek June 4, 2013, 12:18 pm
    Yep, I can imagine this absolutely amazing. Yum. I would like some!! :) My go to easy recipes are stir fry veggies. Always easy to put things in a pan with olive oil and go!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl June 4, 2013, 4:40 pm
      Stir-fries are amazing! They are SO easy and are such a great way to use up leftover veggies.
  • Katherine June 4, 2013, 1:51 pm
    I just love huge portion meals that are low cal and healthy. This looks so summery and perfect!
  • makingthymeforhealth June 4, 2013, 1:54 pm
    This recipe reminded me of the frozen Amy's black eyed pea bowl. Yours is much different though and looks very tasty! I love black eyed peas and need to eat more of them!
  • Anna Smith-James (@AnnaTheApple88) June 4, 2013, 2:46 pm
    Yeah I'd totally eat the entire bowl too :D Looks really yummy. I've yet to make cauliflower rice but its on my to do list.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl June 4, 2013, 4:41 pm
      Oh you really need to! I love it and I don't really even like cauliflower that much. You just have to make sure that you season it well.
  • Alyssa @ Road to RD June 4, 2013, 2:53 pm
    This is perfect! I've been all about veggie bowls lately!
  • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 4, 2013, 3:00 pm
    I am all about simple. Most nights of the week my dinner consists of either a sweet potato (baked or in wedges), brown rice or quinoa, topped with a crazy mix of vegetables, either black beans or chick peas, topped with avocado...flavor wise its either Asian, BBQ sauced, hummus or Italian somehow (and leave off avocado)...simple! and delicious
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl June 4, 2013, 4:43 pm
      That sounds amazing!! Simplicity at its finest. Plus, anything with avocado is good, right? ;)
  • Sika June 4, 2013, 4:20 pm
    It's so true, the simplest recipes often are the best, I will try your recipe, it looks so great.
  • Kylie June 4, 2013, 4:29 pm
    I completely agree that sometimes the simplest recipes are the best:) And I still need to try cauliflower rice! It's been on my things-i-must-make list for awhile but I just haven't seemed to make it yet!
  • Oh My Veggies (@ohmyveggies) June 4, 2013, 5:04 pm
    I'm all for simple cooking. I hate any recipe that's too involved--that kind of thing is okay once in a while, but not everyday. This looks delicious!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl June 4, 2013, 6:13 pm
      I SO agree. My days are busy enough. I like to leave the more "complicated" recipes for the weekend!
  • Angela @ Another Bite Please June 4, 2013, 6:09 pm
    yes i love those simple recipes that are just so good...and cauliflower rice what a fun idea...can't wait to try it out.
  • Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl June 4, 2013, 7:00 pm
    I love black-eyed peas, but haven't had them since New Year's. I totally need to give this recipe a try! Love liquid aminos too!
  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl June 4, 2013, 7:31 pm
    With cauliflower close to harvest time, how perfect would this recipe be for them? I love how simple and fresh this looks!
  • Jeremy DeHague June 4, 2013, 7:37 pm
    Looks a lot lot like fried rice! I looked at the cauliflower rice receipe interesting.....I'll be giving this one a try! Very simple.
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness June 4, 2013, 9:25 pm
    I see black eyed peas in the store but have never tried them. This recipe sounds really good, I love cauliflower! I made cauliflower crust pizza and am now excited to try it as rice.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl June 5, 2013, 1:01 pm
      My two favorite ways to prepare cauliflower are in pizza crust and in the form of rice. I love them both!
  • Meredith June 4, 2013, 10:21 pm
    i've never cooked beans either! This looks great, can't wait to try it. My easy-go to recipes usually involve something like omelettes, roasted vegetables, or some sort of stirfry : )
  • jessielovestorun June 4, 2013, 10:52 pm
    Such a simple yet delicious sounding recipe. I actually have a bean/corn/salsa mixture sitting in my fridge that I think would be perfect over cauliflower rice! :)
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats June 4, 2013, 11:12 pm
    Another delicious looking recipe! I've just gotten into my cauliflower rice so need to try and look at more ways to use it :)
  • fitnessfoodandengineering June 5, 2013, 5:46 am
    This looks realllllly good :)
  • Alex (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) June 5, 2013, 7:27 am
    This does look simple and delicious!! I love meals like this. It would be perfect for New Years ;)
  • Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie June 5, 2013, 8:21 am
    Love the idea of riced cauliflower, I'll definitely have to try that!
  • Christine @ Gotta Eat Green June 5, 2013, 8:26 am
    I've never tried cauliflower rice.. I'll definitely have to make it! Looks great!
  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health June 5, 2013, 11:03 am
    i love black eyed peas and im very intruiged by cauliflower rice. need to try that soon
  • Tara June 5, 2013, 12:54 pm
    Is it weird I've never tried black eyed peas before?! Nonetheless, this recipe looks like a great first time trying it.
  • This Fit Chick June 5, 2013, 12:56 pm
    I've never tried black eyed peas! I know, what have I been thinking??? Recipe looks delish!
  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles June 5, 2013, 2:37 pm
    So I don't think I've ever tried black-eyed peas! What are they like (as in, does it have a texture like black or kidney beans)? Also never tried the cauliflower rice things...so many new things for me to try in this post! ;-)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl June 5, 2013, 4:29 pm
      They have the same texture of any other bean that you might buy in a can. For some reason I thought they would be tougher/crunchier? but the texture was just like that of black beans, kidney beans, white beans, etc.
  • jessiebearwhat June 5, 2013, 3:47 pm
    I have been LOVING cauliflower rice lately :D
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl June 5, 2013, 4:29 pm
      ME TOO! I seriously cannot get enough. It is going to be a part of my dinner tonight, too :).
      • jessiebearwhat June 5, 2013, 4:47 pm
        I LITERALLY just polished off a bowl as I was reading that comment hahaha
  • eatgreatbegreat June 5, 2013, 6:59 pm
    This rice dish is totally up my alley! I LOVE all the veggies! It sounds awesome and it would be great to take to work for lunch!
  • letsgetupandlive June 6, 2013, 4:55 am
    Sigh, that's just another reason I'm bummed my food processor broke and Amazon is taking ages to ship the new one I ordered. I'm not against using grains but cauliflower rice is such a delicious meal to make in a pinch of the time cooking grains takes. Have you tried Mama Pea's Cauliflower Rice Paella yet? It's really good!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl June 6, 2013, 2:01 pm
      I don't know what I ever did before I had my food processor!! No, I have not tried that, but I will have to! Thanks for the suggestion :).

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