Vegan Black Eyed Peas and Quinoa with Pineapple Salsa

August 15, 2018Chrissy Carroll
Vegan black eyed peas served over quinoa with pineapple salsa

This vegan black eyed peas recipe is one of the best you’ll ever have!  Cajun season, coconut milk, and pineapple salsa bring tons of flavor to black eyed peas and quinoa.

One of the things I struggled with most when I was dairy free for nursing was finding delicious recipes that weren’t boring.  Yes, I know that grilled chicken and steamed broccoli were both dairy free – but goodness, I was hungry and wanted something hearty and packed with flavor!

As such, I started experimenting with recipe development using different flavors and seasonings.  This vegan black eyed peas recipe became a staple for my family!

Of course, you don’t have to be nursing a baby with a food intolerance to enjoy this recipe too.  It’s ideal for anyone that’s following a dairy free diet or vegan diet, or anyone that is simply looking for a nutritious and tasty meal.

These vegan black eyed peas are incredible! Made with a spicy cajun seasoning, rich coconut milk, and a sweet pineapple salsa. Click To Tweet

Vegan black eyed peas and quinoa next to a bowl of pineapple salsa

Flavors in Vegan Black Eyed Peas

The black eyed peas are cooked in coconut milk along with garlic, onions, and peppers – creating a layers of flavor and a sweet richness.  You’ll add Cajun seasoning to this to really spice things up and elevate the dish.

You’ll serve the black eyed peas on top of quinoa, and then top everything with a pineapple and red onion salsa.  The pop of pineapple adds a sweetness that works well with the coconut milk, and is balanced by both the spice in the Cajun seasoning, the punch that the red onion adds, and some herbaceous cilantro as well.

Tip:  I have always used this store bought Cajun seasoning (affiliate link) in my meals, but you can also use a homemade Cajun season recipe like this if you’d prefer.

Cajun black eyed peas topped with pineapple salsa

Why I Love This Recipe

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s healthy too!  Here’s why I love it whether you’re eating it for yourself or serving it to your kiddos:

  • Each serving of these Cajun black beans with quinoa provides 10 grams of fiber – a nutrient that almost all Americans fall short on!  We all know that fiber helps us with digestion, but it’s also involved in regulating cholesterol and keeping you full longer.
  • It provides more than 60% of your daily Vitamin C intake – key for everyone’s immune system.
  • You’ll get tons of folate, which is essential for any ladies out there with a bun in the oven.
  • One serving has 30% of your recommended iron intake; a nutrient important for learning and energy.  If you’ve got kiddos that are picky with meat, try this dish to increase their iron intake!
  • It contains 19% of your daily potassium needs, which helps to regulate blood pressure. (More potassium than a banana!)

Have I convinced you to give it a whirl yet? 😉

Be sure to try it and then pop back over here to let me know what you think.

Mixing a bowl of vegan black eyed peas and salsa

Cajun black eyed peas topped with pineapple salsa
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Vegan Black Eyed Peas and Quinoa with Pineapple Salsa

This vegan black eyed peas recipe is one of the best you’ll ever have! Cajun season, coconut milk, and pineapple salsa bring tons of flavor to black eyed peas and quinoa.

Keyword cajun black eyed peas, vegan black eyed peas recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 360 kcal
Author Dairy Free for Baby

Ingredients

Pineapple salsa:

  • 1 1/2 cups canned pineapple chunks in 100% Juice (*reserve juice)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped & loosely measured
  • 1 lime, juiced

Cajun Black Eyed Peas and Quinoa

  • 1 cup dry uncooked quinoa
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 15-oz cans of black eyed peas (about 3.5 cups; can also use dried beans that have already been soaked)
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice (reserved from canned pineapple in salsa)
  • 1-2 tsp Cajun seasoning

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pineapple salsa by combining the pineapple chunks, red onion, cilantro, and lime juice in a bowl. Set aside in the fridge until the rest of the meal is ready.
  2. Cook 1 cup of dry quinoa according to package directions. When done, remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a medium pot. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until vegetables start to get a bit tender.
  4. To that pot, add black eyed peas, coconut milk, pineapple juice, and Cajun seasoning. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Divide quinoa evenly among bowls, then top with black eyed pea mixture. Add pineapple salsa and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts (approximate per serving; assumes 6 servings):

360 calories, 12 g fat, 8 g sat fat, 150 mg sodium, 53 g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, 13.5 g protein, Vitamin A 14%, Vitamin C: 67%, Calcium: 6%, Iron: 30%, Potassium: 19%, Folate: 71%, Magnesium: 35%

Share with me:  Did you love these cajun and coconut vegan black eyed peas?  What’s your favorite flavor-packed, filling meal?

11 Comments

  • Molly

    August 15, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    This looks so yummy! Thanks for posting.

    1. Chrissy Carroll

      August 21, 2018 at 11:41 pm

      Thanks so much Molly! 🙂

  • Pam Greer

    August 15, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    I don’t have to eat dairy free, but I love black eyed peas! The layers of flavor in this from the coconut to the salsa all sound amazing!

    1. Chrissy Carroll

      August 21, 2018 at 11:41 pm

      I don’t either anymore, haha, and this is still one of my fav recipes!

  • Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life

    August 15, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Such a pretty dish! I would not have thought to put some of these flavors together but it all looks so delicious together!

    1. Chrissy Carroll

      August 21, 2018 at 11:41 pm

      It sounds like a lot is going on – but it all works so well together!

  • Taylor Kiser

    August 15, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    This looks so delicious! Love the amazing flavors going on!

    1. Chrissy Carroll

      August 21, 2018 at 11:41 pm

      Thanks so much Taylor! 🙂

  • Jenni LeBaron

    August 15, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    This looks healthy, hearty, and tasty. A definite winner and I wouldn’t even miss the meat!

    1. Chrissy Carroll

      August 21, 2018 at 11:42 pm

      Yes! A great hearty vegetarian meal.

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