Happy New Year! (+ my favorite Blackeyed Pea Soup recipe)

December 31, 2014

Happy-New-YearIs it just me, or did 2014 pass by extremely fast?

One thing I am very thankful for starting this new year is a healthier, 40-pound lighter body!  If you’ve read my blog very long, you likely remember that I have severe thyroid issues (Hashimoto’s Disease to be exact) and that does not make losing weight an easy task!  Last fall, after my endocronologist suggested that I begin a diet similar to that of a diabetic, I was introduced to the Trim Healthy Mama plan. It’s a meal plan that separates carbs and fats during a single meal (but not eliminating either!), thus allowing for weight loss, instead of weight gain. Read more about it here and then consider purchasing the book here.

To ring in the New Year, I am preparing my favorite Blackeyed Pea Soup recipe. This is an E (stands for Energizing meal) for those following THM.

Spicy Slow Cooker Blackeyed Pea Soup
~ serves 8 ~

  • 16 oz dried blackeyed peas
  • 32 oz reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 14 oz Turkey (or Chicken) Smoked Sausage – sliced
  • 14.5 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup celery – chopped
  • 1 cup onion – chopped
  • ½ cup carrots – chopped
  • ½ cup green bell pepper – chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp cajun spices – or to taste

Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours until peas are tender. Top with hot sauce of choice and/or jalapeños, bananas peppers, etc.

I like to serve this with Gwen’s Easy Bread Recipe.

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