Got a Turkey Hugger in the family? S'ok, I like to hug them too. This recipe is flavorful but won't harm a turkey, or any other feathered beast for that matter.

1 lb dried black eye peas
2 quarts plus 3 c. water
1 med onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large can (7 oz) diced green chiles
2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 dried or canned chipotle chile
1/2 c. brown rice
3 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
salt to taste


Rinse and sort thru peas. In a LG pot, bring 2 qt of the water to boil over high heat. Add peas. Let water return to boil; then boil uncovered for 2 min. Remove pan from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hr. Drain and rinse peas, discarding cooking water.
(Let it cool and use it on your plants!)

In slow cooker, combine onion, garlic, green chiles, cumin pepper, baking soda and chipotle chile. Stir in peas; add remaining 3 c. water. cover and cook at low setting until peas are tender to bite (9-10 hrs)

Remove and discard chipotle chile; stir in rice and tomatoes. Increase cooker heat to high; cover and cook until rice is tender (45-55 min more). Season to taste with salt.
MAKES 6-8 SERVINGS