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Defeating Depression & Black-Eye Peas

October 13, 2011

I once heard Depression referred to as “a legalized pout.” This person obviously never suffered from or knew anyone who had suffered from this nightmarish illness.

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We all go through ups & downs in our lives, however, when the downs are outnumbering the ups significantly & the necessity of getting out of the bed to get the day going is virtually impossible, it is time to seek help.

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This is a wonderful website if you or anyone you know suffers from Depression. There are so many ways to address this debilitating disorder with nutrition & Amanda Rose, PhD. has “how to” videos with a number of her recipes.

Black eye pea

This is a 2-fer day – two recipes for the price of one! Enjoy!

Black-Eye Peas

A powerhouse of nutrition, dried beans are wonderful – they’re inexpensive, easy to store, protein-rich & prepared this way, delicious!


  • 16 ounces dried Black-eyed Peas
  • 6 cups & 3 cups Water, divided
  • 14 ounces Chicken Broth
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Dressing Dry Mix
  • 1 teaspoon ground Red Pepper
  • 3 – 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil


  1. Soak peas in 6 cups water for 2 hours.
  2. Drain, rinse & sort (“pick”) peas.
  3. Place peas in large saucepan with 3 cups water & remaining ingredients.
  4. Bring to boil; Reduce heat.
  5. Simmer, covered with lid tilted for 1 – 2 hours.
  6. If needed add more water or broth.

Serve with rice.
Serves 12.

Italian Dressing Dry Mix

I keep this on hand in a glass jar for making a quick vinaigrette or as a seasoning in just about every pot of veggies.

Dressing Mix Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar or 2 packets Stevia
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground or dried Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground or dried Basil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried Parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celery Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon T’s House Seasoning


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Store in a glass jar.
  3. For Dressing, mix together

  4. 1/3 Cup Vinegar
  5. 1/2 Cup Olive Oil, Sesame Oil, Almond Oil or Walnut Oil (whatever you’re in the mood for)
  6. 2 Tablespoon Water
  7. 1 Tablespoon Dry Mix
  8. Shake well.


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