Getting the kids involved…

So on our last trip to the farmers market I told the kids to pick out a new veggie they’d like to try. Charlie chose these beautiful pink-eye purple hull peas.  I believe these are harder to find in other parts of the country, but they are a fall farmers market staple here in North Carolina. I think we shelled some black-eyed peas about a year ago and they weren’t a big hit with the kids but I decided to sound thrilled with his choice and just go with it. The kids really enjoyed the shelling, just gently break them open along the seam and they tumble right out into the bowl.  Here’s what’s next…

Place peas in pot and cover with at least 2 inches of water

Bring to a boil, lower heat, and cover with lid

Allow to simmer for 45-60 minutes. 

Drain, drizzle with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.

A couple of notes; It takes a lot of peas in the shell to make enough for a family of  5!  The more peas in the pot, the longer the cooking time.  They may take a while to cook but it is not necessary to stand over them at the stove.  Set a timer for 15 minutes and check to make sure there is enough water in the pot, add more if needed.

The kids had fun fixing these and anytime they are involved in the choosing and the cooking they are much more willing to try new things. I thought these were fantastic and ate the leftover peas for lunch the next day. Rich loved them (shocking, I know:) and the kids ate them. Well, truthfully, 2 kids ate more than the other. Mae is my picky eater and I would have been shocked if she had eaten them with a smile on her face.  l just continue to put new foods in front of her and the rule is, “everyone tries everything on the table!”  I read somewhere that if you make kids try new foods six times they will eventually eat it without a fight. I’ll get back to you on that theory!

These would also be great over quinoa and veggies.

Peace and greens, Melissa

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