Now more than ever, it’s especially helpful to know how to cook a variety of basic pantry staples from scratch. And in my opinion, one of the best staple ingredients around are Black Eyed Beans.
Also known as black eyed peas, these aren’t sweet like green peas. Black eyed beans have a nutty earthy flavor, and a soft yet firm texture, which makes them ideal for adding to other recipes.
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Yeap, you can add your cooked black eyed peas to everything from salad, stir fry and soups to casseroles and grain bowls. And don’t forget about classic dishes like Hoppin John Soup, and this Rice and Peas
Why Cook From Scratch?
Here are just a few reasons should you cook Black Eyed Beans from scratch instead of relying on the canned version:
- You can add sooooo much more flavor to the beans when you cook them from scratch.
- You can also cook them to the firmness you desire for different recipes (i.e. softer for soups, firmer for salads).
- And even better, you can reserve the cooking liquid and use it to cook a divine tasting rice.
Oh and you can easily cook more beans than you need and store them in the fridge. They keep this way for about 5 days without any problems. #mealprepforthewin
Soaking Black Eyed Beans Overnight
Whilst you don’t need to soak black eyed beans, soaking them means that you will greatly reduce the cooking time. The easiest way to do this is to soak your beans overnight.
Place the dried black eyed beans into a container and add approximately 4 times the volume of water to beans (easiest if you use cup measures, so 1 cup beans to 4 cups water). In the morning, drain, rinse and proceed with cooking.
How To Quick Soak Dried Black Eyed Beans
You can also quick soak dried black eyed beans. Just place them in a pot with approximately 4 times the volume of water, bring to the boil and boil for 2 mins. Then switch off the heat and let them soak for 1 hr. Drain, rinse and proceed with your recipe.
How To Cook Black Eyed Beans In The Oven
Cooking them in the oven is also so easy.
- Place the pre-soaked beans into an oven-ready dish with enough water or stock so that there is 4cm (1.5 inches) of liquid above the beans.
- Add in your flavorings and bake about 80 mins at fan-assisted 160C / 180C / 350F / gas 4.
- Check the beans if they are cooked through.
- If not then bake them for a little bit longer checking them every 10 mins.
How To Cook Instant Pot Black Eyed Beans
No soaking needed when you cook black eyed beans in the Instant Pot!
MEAL PREP AND PREP AHEAD
Black Eyed Beans is an ideal meal prep recipe because it can be easily stored in the fridge or freezer until you need it. I love to make big batches and freeze till out when I need beans for other meals.
Prep Ahead – Make ahead and refrigerate for up to 5 days in an airtight container.
Freeze – Follow the handy tips below on how to freeze this.
- Let cool down then transfer into these very handy Ziploc freezer bags.
- Squeeze out all the extra air and seal the bags.
- Label the bags and then lay them flat in the freezer.
- Store in the freezer for 3 months.
Meal Prep – Feel free to make a fair amount of beans and with a few adjustments you can get several meals out of one pot of beans. Here are some suggestions:
- Add additional broth, bring the pot to a boil and serve as a soup.
- You can also pour some of the brothy beans over rice, potatoes, and cornbread.
- Mash the leftover beans and serve refried beans style as a side dish.
Benefits of Black Eyes Beans
There are many:
- They are high in fiber (always good for us).
- They are an excellent source of vegetarian or vegan protein.
- Filling and affordable.
More Pantry Staple Recipes
- Instant Pot Pinto Beans.
- Easy Instant Pot Black Beans.
- Greek Rice.
- Southern Blacked Eyed Beans.
Weight Watchers Points
If you do not add any meats, there are 0 (yeap zero!) Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving of beans.
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