Black Eyed Peas
Count yourself lucky that you have a dish that's such a people pleaser. Use your bean and offer up this black-eyed peas side with just about any staple.
1 medium onion, chopped
Heat oil in a medium saucepan; stir/sauté onion over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir in ham and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Stir in peas and the next 4 ingredients; bring to a boil; decrease heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste with salt/pepper.
Serve topped with chopped tomatoes, sliced green onions and pepper sauce.