Black Eyed Peas

black eyed peas, easy dinners, budget dinners

How do you turn two bags of frozen black eyed peas into dinner in an hour?

black eyed peas, easy dinners, budget dinners

Start with a big vidalia onion.  Chop it up small and saute it in the bottom of a heavy pan in a tablespoon of oil.

black eyed peas, easy dinners, budget dinners, onions in a skillet

Get a thick slice of Petit Jean peppered ham at the deli.  You can also purchase it pre-packaged.

black eyed peas, easy dinners, budget dinners

Chop it up into small cubes.

black eyed peas, easy dinners, budget dinners, cubed peppered ham petit jean

Add it to the onions.

black eyed peas, easy dinners, budget dinnersDump in your peas.

Add 8-10 cups of water or broth.  Bring to a boil.

Turn down heat and simmer for about 45 minutes.

Add a teaspoon of kosher salt and several grinds from the pepper mill.

Serve with your favorite Southern sides.

I served leftover basmati rice with ours, but I also love to make cornbread in a cast iron skillet with black eyed peas.

black eyed peas, easy dinners, budget dinners

We added fresh corn and wilted some collard greens in a skillet (both on sale this week).

This is such an easy peasy dinner, and it cost less than $10.  I buy several bags of frozen peas when they are on sale for a dollar so I always know I can grab a couple bags out of the freezer for dinner.

My kids love this meal too.  It is one of our favorite easy dinners!

Enjoy!