This post has nothing to do with Fergie, I just had black-eyed peas leftover from Mondays dinner so I had to find something to do with them or toss them. I am so weird about leftovers, if they’re not eaten the next day they are gone. Cooked leftover beans I try to freeze or use within a day or two (read: lots of hummus and bean dips). Last night I made a Szechuan Black-Eyed Pea salad from Vegetarian Times Vegan Cookbook. I really like this cookbook, by the way. Even though I imagine you can find most of these recipes on their site, I like the pictures and organization of the book. The salad had avocado, bell pepper, a whole jalapeno, and red onion; tossed with a vinaigrette that was spiced up with Szechuan sauce. Be careful when buying this sauce as many brands that I looked at had honey or other non-vegan ingredients in them. This salad had just the right spice even though it sounds like it would be really hot it wasn’t. I served it over a big bowl of baby spinach and it was excellent, the soft avocado paired nicely with the crunch of the peppers and onions. On my list of make agains.