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Black Eyed Peas and Cornmeal Biscuits

by Meghann on March 28, 2011

It’s rainy, gloomy, and slightly chilly outside.

Comfort food, anyone?


The weather took a turn for the worse this afternoon and rumor has it that it’s staying for the rest of the week. Bad for all those kids who are in town for spring break, good for all us old folks who wish we were on spring break. :)

Wait, that was mean. I’m sorry it’s raining on everyone’s spring break. I wish nothing but sunshine for you for the rest of the week. :)

I spent the afternoon hauled up at a local Starbucks (aka I was too lazy to drive across town in the the pouring rain).


I had a plain ice black tea and a Kashi bar during my 3 hour stay.

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The weather inspired a warm, comfort meal to combat the thunder and rain.


Chicken and Biscuits is a childhood favorite I’ve had the pleasure of recreating over the years. Only it’s not Chicken and Biscuits anymore – it’s Black Eyed Peas and Cornmeal Biscuits with a heavy emphasis on the veggies.

Tonight’s recipe was inspired by Whole Foods’ Turkey with Sweet Potato Dumplings Recipe that I’ve made in the past with Megan and knew it could easily be tweaked.

Black Eyed Peas and Cornmeal Biscuits

  • 1 small Yellow Onion
  • 1 large Sweet Potato
  • 1/2 cup Mushrooms
  • 2 cups Broccoli
  • 1 cup Corn
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1 T Oregano
  • 2 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1 can Black Eyed Peas
  • 1 cup + 1/4 cup WW Flour
  • 1/2 cup AP Flour
  • 1/2 cup Cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 t Baking Soda

Chop all the vegetables into bite size pieces.

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large pan.

Add vegetables with the seasonings.

Cook until soft.


Add the vegetable broth, black eyed peas, and 1/4 cup of WW flour. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.


While the veggies are simmering, combine the remaining flours, milk, and baking soda in a separate bowl.


Fill a large casserole dish or 9×12 basking dish with the vegetable mix.


Spoon the biscuit mix on top.


Bake at 400 for 25 minutes


Be sure to keep an eye on it. Mine ended up a little darker than what I was going for.


Let it cool.





The knock off chicken and biscuits was both delicious and comforting. It warmed me right up.


If you wanted to turn this into traditional chicken and biscuits you could easily remove the beans and add chicken. You can also use what ever beans you have on hand. I just happened to have black eyed peas and knew they would do the trick.


I made a snack bowl of Dark Chocolate Edamame, Kix and Dried Apples for dessert.


I’m debating whether I should set my alarm for a 6:30am yoga class or not.

Hmmmm….. decisions, decisions. :)

Good Night!

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 28, 2011 at 9:34 pm

That looks so so good – I love pot pie casseroles


2 Molly March 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm

That recipe looks AMAZING! I am definitely going to be trying that sooner rather than later.


3 Holly @ The Runny Egg March 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Yes, go to the 6:30am class!

I love any type of pot-pie type dish, and a cornmeal biscuit topping sounds delicious!


4 River March 28, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I agree..go to the yoga class!

I may try this recipe, but with chicken instead of beans. Not a big fan of beans.


5 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate March 28, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Yum! That looks so good!


6 Mimi March 28, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Chicken pot pie was my favorite as a kid, so this looks GREAT!

P.S. Do yoga!


7 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm

That dish looks SO tasty. Mmmm.


8 meg @pinkgiggles March 28, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Dark Chocolate Edamame? I’ve never heard of such a thing. I love edamame and I love chocolate so it seems like a win-win. Where do you buy them?


9 Meghann March 29, 2011 at 9:35 am

They’re from Trader Joes


10 meg @pinkgiggles March 28, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Dark Chocolate Edamame? I’ve never heard of such a thing. I love edamame and I love chocolate so it seems like a win-win. Where do you buy them?


11 Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm

go to yoga! you won’t regret it :)
Also, that dinner looks fab. anything made in a casserole dish is so amazing :)


12 Ashley March 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Your dinner looks so good! I love comfort food.


13 rebecca lustig March 28, 2011 at 9:59 pm

hmm, i’ve actually never had black eyed peas come to think of it….

it’s amazing how much the weather can affect our moods and motivations ha


14 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles March 28, 2011 at 10:10 pm

This looks fabulous. I just won a giveaway and will be getting Bob’s Red Mill cornmeal – I’ll have to give this a try! Enjoy your night, Meghann!


15 Lauren @chigallauren March 28, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I’ve never had black eyed peas! This recipe looks great, some days its just all about the comfort.


16 Mac March 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I love that this recipe uses pretty much all kitchen staples for me!


17 Laura (Starloz) March 28, 2011 at 10:55 pm

oh wow, this sounds delicious!


18 Alaina March 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm

That dish look delicious. I love pot pies, stews, bakes..whatever warms me up on a cold and/or rainy day! :-)


19 Melissa @ TryingToHeal March 28, 2011 at 11:37 pm

oh my goodness i must make that! i’m sure you had leftovers, are you going to freeze any? if so, let me know how you do it. cause i know if i made it i’d have a ton leftover!


20 Meghann March 29, 2011 at 9:36 am

I was thinking about freezing some, but I think Derek and I can polish off the left overs with out the need to freeze any. It’s nice having a guy to help finish the food.


21 Angela March 28, 2011 at 11:47 pm

that looks so good mmmm


22 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 29, 2011 at 12:49 am

I had my spring break last week and the weather sucked! It’s supposed to warm up in the middle of the week- figures that would happen when I’m in class :(


23 Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East March 29, 2011 at 6:00 am

Yum! Great recipe! Definately need to try this!


24 Lauren March 29, 2011 at 7:03 am

That looks awesome!!!


25 Amy March 29, 2011 at 7:43 am

YUM! Totally adapting that dinner (+ adding chicken because I live with a meat & potatoes man) this week.


26 Marina March 29, 2011 at 8:03 am

I am definitely making this, with chicken! I love the sweet potato/cornmeal crust!


27 Elizabeth@The Sweet Life March 29, 2011 at 8:19 am

Hope you made it to yoga!!


28 Hope March 29, 2011 at 8:35 am

That looks delicious! I am a big fan of casseroles now and this one looks perfect! I love the crust!


29 Lucy @ The Sweet Touch March 29, 2011 at 9:22 am

Mmmmm, that looks good!

I have a favorite called tamale casserole that has the same cornmeal biscuit topping with onions, green peppers, black beans and ground turkey inside – YUM!


30 Meghann March 29, 2011 at 9:43 am

That does sound good!


31 Katie G. March 29, 2011 at 10:46 am

Looks good, I will have to give this one a try!


32 Denisse March 29, 2011 at 10:46 am

Your dish looks so yummy. I like how you get creative with your dishes and tweek them up to be healthier and still heartier even without the meat. :) Thanks for sharing.


33 Meredith March 29, 2011 at 10:57 am

that looks like the perfect comfort food for a rainy day like yesterday!


34 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun March 29, 2011 at 11:22 am

Bookmarked this to make SOON!


35 Katherine: Unemployed March 29, 2011 at 11:50 am

I like that this has veggies in it (like a pot pie or something) great idea!


36 Liz March 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

YUM – I can’t wait to make this with chicken tonight. I’ve been craving a pot pie-like meal forever now.


37 Doc (The Healthy PhD) March 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm

That looks really good. I’m officially trying this sometime soon!


38 Katie April 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Thanks so much for the great recipe :) It will be going in the “save” box !


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