If you are a working mum, you know how hard and stressful it can be to prepare healthy meals for yourself and your family. Though planning meals and shopping ahead of time are helpful ways to cut time spent in the kitchen, choosing freezer-friendly meals that can be prepared in less than 15 minutes can be a huge relief.This weekend I spent little time, cooking healthy meals for the whole of this week and next. One of the meals I made is Akara Toasties. Black-eyed peas are a staple in my home. I just love the smell, texture and taste of it, and I love the fact that it is loaded with lots of nutrients. You can read the health benefits here!
They not only taste great but they can be eaten as a breakfast meal alone or with boiled plantains (ripe or un ripe), for lunch with cassava or for supper or even as a snack. Normally, I use black-eyed peas to prepare our Cameroonian favorite “Koki” or what the Nigerians call “Moi Moi”. Traditionally, the koki is tied in bundles in banana leaves and steamed for about 45 mins depending on the size.Since this process is time-consuming, I started looking for ways to cut down the cooking time. In the course of time, I have developed different black-eyed peas recipes. Learn four different ways to cook this wonder food here!
Lately, I discovered that my sandwich maker could make a great sandwich faster than my bread toaster could can toast bread and my sandwich maker is way hotter than my toaster, so I decided to try “toasting” my Akara in my sandwich maker. Infact, I was pleasantly surprised by the results.
My Akara toasties did not stick, although I used just one tablespoon of oil. I simply coated my sandwich maker with a 2 drops of oil and that did the trick. My toasties we ready in 2 minutes (maybe because each toasties was made from one tablespoon of akara paste).
The great thing about this recipe and this method is, not only do you spend less time in the kitchen, you also save time because they can be stored and eaten along side another meal or alone for breakfast lunch or supper. I am eating mine for breakfast today with spinach omelette. It is healthy, low fat, low sodium (salt) , low carb, glutan free, and African paleo friendly. Simply, A great meal to include in your diet if you want to lose weight! 🙂 Let us know how it goes once you try this recipe out in the comments area below. We’d love to hear from you!
Happy and Healthy Cooking!
400g Black-eyed Peas
1 large Onion
2 Red Bell Peppers
1 medium Fish
1 Tsp. extra virgin Coconut Oil
1 Habanero Pepper
- Grind previously washed and partially de-husked black-eyed peas with chopped onions, bell peppers, habanero pepper and dried fish ( you can use any fish of your choice).
- Add Oil and mix properly.
- Using a cooking brush, spread 2 drops of oil over sandwich maker each time before adding paste.
- Depending on the depth and width of your sandwick maker, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of akara paste.
- Let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Serve hot and enjoy.
- 1. To make a large batch that can be refrigerated, double the ingredients in the recipe, toast and store in an air tight bag. It can be stored in the fridge for a week and in the deep freezer for a month.
- 2. To warm akara toasties from the freezer, remove the quantity you would consume, let defroze and steam.