Kimberly’s Texas Caviar

 

Kimberly was in my office talking about menu planning. And I started to share with her that I had just made a delicious recipe with black-eyed peas. Before I could begin with the ingredients, she told me, “I can tell you the best way to eat black-eyed peas”. She preceded to tell me nearly the exact recipe I had just made! It was an amazing moment, as if she had been the fly on the wall in my kitchen. I told her that was nearly exactly what I had made and it was indeed very delicious. She said it is called Texas Caviar. I shared this experience with my Start A New YOU! Class and they all wanted the recipe. Here it is! To remember the moment I have named it, Kimberly’s Texas Caviar!

Kimberly’s Texas Caviar

24 ounces cooked black-eyes peas, with enough liquid to moisten
1 red bell pepper, diced
½ cup green onions, sliced or ¼ cup sweet onion, diced
6 (~ ½ cup) artichoke hearts, diced
½ cup ripe green olives, pitted, sliced
½ cup diced celery,
1 Tablespoon parsley flakes
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Mix all ingredients together and chill until ready to serve.

Here’s Why It’s GOOD For You:

Artichokes

Artichokes stimulate liver cells to increase bile production and help reduce cholesterol blood levels as well as limit the build-up of cholesterol on vessel walls. Artichokes are a decongestant for the liver, aiding in the detoxifying function of the liver. Artichokes also have anti-inflammatory properties. For anyone suffering from gout, artichokes can help reduce uric acid in the body. Uric acid is a byproduct of protein metabolism that must be excreted by the kidneys. Artichokes improve the kidney’s elimination of uric acid in the urine.

Black-eyed Peas

Black-eyed Peas are a member of the legume family. Legumes include beans, peas, and lentils. Legumes are very beneficial for lowering cholesterol. Those who eat about 4 ounces of legumes a day for three weeks lowered their cholesterol and triglyceride levels by 10%. Beans, beans a wonderful food… so eat your beans at every meal!

Other Ingredients:

Onions, celery, and parsley are a blood purify foods. Bell peppers and lemon juice are very high in vitamin C, helping to reduce oxidation and cholesterol build-up. Olives have consistently been shown to help lower LDL cholesterol and improve HDL levels.

Nutritional Facts compiled from Encyclopedia of Foods and their Healing Power, by George d Pamplona-Roger, MD. Editorial Safeliz, S.L., Madrid Spain. 2006.