Vegan Sloppy Black-Eyed Peas

Wonderful New Orleans inspired Sloppy Joe Recipe from the cookbook, Vegan Slow Cooking by Kathy Hester.

Sloppy Black Eyed Peas | Cravings of a Lunatic | This is a wonderful slow cooker recipe for Vegan Sloppy Joes. It's a real crowd pleaser!

This recipe is Vegan, Soy-Free, Oil-Free, and can be made GF as well. Plus it’s just plain delicious and will make you taste buds super happy!

My friend Kathy Hester is an amazing cook. She’s also a very talented cookbook author. Yesterday I featured Kathy’s recipe for Lentil Quinoa Bolognese Sauce from her cookbook, The Great Vegan Bean Book.

Kathy blogs at Healthy Slow Cooking. It’s such a wonderful site filled with so many recipes that are sure to be a hit in your household. I love this gal, and her cookbooks. Her recipes are much like she is, approachable. That’s a good word when it comes to people, and recipes.

I like a recipe that you don’t have to jump through hoops to make. I found the ingredients for this one easily, which is saying something considering I seem to live in the culinary black hole. It’s nice when the ingredients are easy to find and to use. That’s the case with this cookbook, everything is simple to make, with easy to find ingredients, and the end results taste heavenly.

Today I’m featuring another one of Kathy’s wonderful recipes. This recipe is from her Vegan Slow Cooking Cookbook. I love slow cooker recipes so reviewing this book is an absolute delight. I had a blast pouring over it and trying out recipes. This particular recipe for Vegan Sloppy Black-Eyed Peas really caught my attention. I knew it would be a hit with hubs and the hooligans. I was not wrong. These sloppy joes went over like gangbusters here. They were scraping the bottom of the slow cooker to get it all. Now there’s a sign of a good recipe.

Sloppy Black Eyed Peas | Cravings of a Lunatic | This is a wonderful slow cooker recipe for Vegan Sloppy Joes. It's a real crowd please

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Wonderful New Orleans inspired Sloppy Joe Recipe from the cookbook, Vegan Slow Cooking by Kathy Hester. This recipe is Vegan, Soy-Free, Oil-Free, and can be made GF as well. Plus it's just plain delicious and will make you taste buds super happy!
Recipe type: main course
Serves: 2 and ½ cups (483 g)
For the Morning Ingredients:
  • 2 cups (475 ml) water
  • ⅓ cup (48 g) dry black-eyed peas
  • ⅓ cup (43 g) carrots, chopped
  • ⅙ cup (19 g) millet
  • 2 tablespoons (19 g) minced bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke, to taste
For the Evening Ingredients:
  • 1 cup (56 g) minced greens (collard, kale, etc)
  • 2 tablespoons (32 g) tomato paste
  • Salt to taste
  • White pepper to taste
  • 2 to 3 buns, for serving (GF)
In the Morning:
  1. Add all of the morning ingredients to the slow cooker. Cook on low setting for about 7 to 9 hours.
In the Evening:
  1. About 30 minutes before you wish to serve this you need to add the greens and tomato paste. Cover and allow to cook for the remaining 30 minutes. (I left mine on for about an hour as I was multi-tasking)
  2. Right before serving add the salt and pepper, along with more cajun seasoning if desired.
  3. Pile the sloppy mixture on your buns.
  4. Serve with a big old happy and sloppy smile!
Recipe Source: Vegan Slow Cooking by Kathy Hester

Sloppy Black Eyed Peas | Cravings of a Lunatic | This is a wonderful slow cooker recipe for Vegan Sloppy Joes. It's a real crowd please

Honestly, look at these sloppy sandwich. Don’t you just want to sink your teeth into it? I’d let you but I might have gobbled it all up already. You need Kathy’s cookbook. Seriously.

When you buy her cookbook you’re going to want to check out page 87 to try the Green Beans in Black Bean Sauce with Tofu, page 100 for the Wacky Cincinnati Chili, page 114 for these sloppies, page 124 for the Hearty Lasagna Layered with Nut Ricotta, and page 129 for the Root Veggie Barley Risotto. Every one of those was gobbled up and demolished in minutes here. If people clean their plates in under 3 minutes in this household I know it’s a winner.

I loved this cookbook, Vegan Slow Cooking so very much. Just like her other cookbooks, The Great Vegan Bean Book and Oatrageous Oatmeals. The recipes are easy to follow. The ingredients are simple to find. You can adapt the recipes to your own taste. I opted out of dark greens in this one since they bother my tummy. I love when recipes are easily adaptable. I love the weight of the book, it’s not too heavy or awkward to hang on to. It’s beautifully illustrated with lots of photos. I’d take a guess that the photo to recipe ratio is about 1 to 3. About every third recipe has a big glossy photo. There are tons of tips in the book. I really liked all the “did you know” sections. Kathy explains recipe variations really well. I am a slow cooker fanatic so this book was a huge hit for me. It’s a keeper.

I have multiple slow cookers in my household. One year I asked for a slow cooker for the holidays and ended up with 3, then for some unknown reason I bought a couple more. Then gave a couple away. I would recommend the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 6 Quart if you want an inexpensive crock pot. I’m lusting after the Ninja Multi-Cooker 3 in 1 Cooking System but it’s a bit pricey. I bought some family members this Crock Pot 6 Quart Slow Cooker with dipper because the tiny one is too cute for words. Great for melting chocolate.

I think the key with slow cookers is to just find one that suits your needs. For me bigger is better, but that’s not the case for everyone. Think about what you will be cooking in it before you buy it. That way you purchase one that fits your own needs.

Disclosure: Kathy provided me a copy of her book, for free, but there was no other compensation for this review. Y’all know me, if I didn’t like something I’d straight up tell you that. This is one I not only liked, but loved. 

Also this post contains affiliate links. I earn a small commission if you purchase any items I recommend. Thanks for supporting my blog. 

Craving more healthy recipes? Check these out:

Lentil Quinoa Bolognese Sauce | | Vegan version of bolognese sauce that is both hearty and delicious.

Lentil Quinoa Bolognese Sauce

Lightened Up Enchiladas with Quinoa, Chicken and Peach Salsa | | An Asian inspired enchilada recipe using chicken, quinoa and topped with peach salsa. Perfect for any Weekday Supper!

 Lightened Up Enchiladas with Quinoa, Chicken and Peach Salsa

Farro with Pistachios and Dried Cherries | | This recipe is simple to make, and is perfect for a side dish.

 Farro with Pistachios and Dried Cherries

Make sure you hop over to Kathy’s blog, Healthy Slow Cooking to say hello to her. You can follow her on facebook, twitter and pinterest. I’d stalk her everywhere. She’s totally worth a good stalking.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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  1. says

    I like this recipe! Really fun, healthy, and looks awfully tasty. Really nice texture on that 2nd picture – you ever get lights? Kinda looks like you’ve been playing. 😉 Anyway, super post – thanks.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks John. This is one hearty dish for a vegan recipe. We loved it.

      I did not have lights when I took this. Just lucked out with timing. Since then I bought utility lights on someone’s recommendation but they are hard to control (harsh) and get way too hot. Need to find a better option.

  2. says

    Kim, I think it’s difficult to make something like sloppy joes look good and enticing, really difficult, but you’ve done an amazing job! I don’t use my slow cooker much but I did make a wonderful Root Beer Pulled Pork in it this Fall.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks so much Chris. I was pretty happy with how the photos turned out. Pure luck, right time of the day I think. Some days the stars just align.

      We love root beer pulled pork. My kids have grown up on it. You think after this long my daughter would get over me stealing a can or two of her beloved barq’s root beer to make it. But at 21 she still gives me the hairy eyeball every time I reach in the cabinet. Then she apologizes while she’s scarfing the pulled pork sandwiches. lol

  3. Tracy says

    Right now it’s applesauce. I love to make apple-cinnamon oatmeal in the slow-cooker, and I almost always cook my dried beans that way, too..

  4. Allison says

    HI- how many servings does the sloppy joe recipe make? It looks like a very small amount. Would you suggest quadrupling it (eg 2/3 cups of millet total) to make it more family-size? Thanks!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      It is small as it’s a cookbook with recipes meant for two. I doubled mine, but if your family is large or big eaters I would definitely amp it up. This serves 2 people. I made some and froze it. It freezes nicely if you do too big of a batch. Hope that helps. Happy Wednesday. xx

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      I love making whole chickens in mine. So good. We do that a lot when we want to go to the barn but still have a nice dinner.

  5. WendyJ says

    Love my slow cookers – all of them. Soups and stews are great of course, but what I really like doing in the slow cookers are jams, apple sauce, and fruit butters, oh so easy!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Love all of those. It’s so nice to have more than one right. That way you can make multiple items. Plus they rock on holidays for keeping things warm.

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