As a youngster in third grade it wasn’t unusual for me and my friends to share or exchange our lunches. Barbara regularly had delicious lunches, most of us kids wished for her lunch daily.
Usually about 2 or 3 times per month, my mom would pack me an awesome lunch. Fried chicken, greens, cornbread and black eyed peas. Yummy!!! My teacher could smell my food when i arrived in class that morning. She would tell the other teachers …”wow, baby-sugar has the real food today”. All the adults knew that meant black eyed peas was in my lunch bag. My teacher would heat my lunch on her “hot-plate”, my school didn’t have a microwave oven.
When the food began smelling really good, several girls would pass me a note asking “can we trade lunches today?” One day it was half my class including some boys wanting my lunch. Hahaha, Yuck!…boys, no way was I trading with anyone on those black eyed pea days . To keep in good with Barbara who always had good food, I would share with her. I told my parents that my teacher warmed my food on her “hot plate”, to show appreciation my mom began sending her a plate with a large portion of black eyed peas.
Black-eyed peas were eaten every year in my household because my parents said they brought you good luck and happiness.
- Aids in preventing anemia – this is when your blood has a lower than normal amount of red blood cells and similar blood irregularities .
- Aids in lowering blood pressure – black eyed peas are very rich in potassium, and lower the risk of heart disease.
- Aids in folate deficiency, folate purpose is to make new healthy cells in our body and utilizes vitamin B-12 and amino acids.
- Aids with skin and eye healthiness , black eyed peas are high in vitamin A . Vitamin A produces the pigment in the eyes retina.
- Aids and improve digestion, black eyes has high dietary fibers which keep our bowels in a state of healthiness.
These are a few benefits of black eyed peas which are healthy , hearty and lucky. Please feel free to share your lucky tips on black eyed peas.
Easy Black Eyed Peas
- 2 1/2 pounds fresh black-eyed or pink-eyed peas, shelled
- 3 cups water
- 2 large beef bouillon cubes
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/2 (16-ounce) package kielbasa, sliced, browned, and drained (optional)
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