One of the recommendations I make to clients seeking advice on navigating healthy options at parties or family gatherings is to bring a healthy side dish to the party. Filled with plant based protein, fresh tomato, avocado, bell pepper, and jalapeno this dish is a good source of fiber, potassium, and unsaturated heart healthy fats. This colorful Texas Caviar isn’t just a great party side, but is a wonderful meatless meal. As a meatless meal try:
Pair with wheat crackers and a fresh fruit
As a lettuce wrap served with 1 ounce of nuts and fresh fruit
Wrapped in a corn tortilla served with a fresh fruit
For a quick and delicious high protein meal combine with a packet of albacore tuna.
TEXAS CAVIAR (vegetarian, dairy free)
Total time: 10-25 minutes
Prep time 10-25 minutes (depending on equipment)
Yield: 6 servings (1/2 cup per serving)
1 (15.8 ounce) cans black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 -1 fresh jalapeno, chopped (remove seeds and stems)
1/2 white onion, chopped
1/2 Green bell pepper, chopped
1 Medium Avocado, chopped
1 tbsp. olive oil
Juice of one lime
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Bag Blue corn chips
Rinse and drain black eyed peas and set aside in bowl.
Using a chopping tool or by hand chop tomato, jalapeno, onion, green bell pepper, and avocado.
Add the chopped vegetables to the black eyed peas.
Add olive oil, lime juice, cumin, garlic powder, and salt. Combine lightly.
Can be served at room temperature, but taste best after refrigeration. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Serve with blue corn tortilla chips.
I love my onion chopping tool. It was under 20 dollars and makes chopping a breeze. With a chopping tool this recipe can be prepared in under 10 minutes!