Soak the Black Eyed Peas in boiling hot water, which is about 2 inches more than the Beans or about 3 cups of boiling water for 1 hour and keep aside covered.After One Hour, wash the Black Eyed Peas drain the water and using a colander.Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 9"x7" baking dish or any similar sized Casserole dish with cooking spray or oil.
Chop off the head of a Garlic. Drizzle Olive oil, Dried Rosemary and Dried Oregano over the Garlic. Wrap it up in an aluminum foil and roast it in the oven for 20 minutes at full power.Once roasted, cool it down to room temperature. Slowly squeeze out the garlic cloves and discard the skins and the root.
Heat olive oil in a deep dish skillet. Add the chopped Onions. As the Onions, Shimmers add the Roasted Garlic cloves, and the Rice. Sprinkle some Cayenne Pepper, Ground Cumin, Salt, and Ground Black Pepper, and mix well.Saute the rice over medium to low heat. Once the Rice shimmers, add 2 cups of broth and cover cook over a low flame until the rice absorbs all the water for about 12 minutes. (Or until the Rice has absorbed almost all of the broth). The cooking time might vary depending on the rice you're using. Stir and take the skillet off the heat.
Now, take the Rice Mix off the heat. Mix it with the Black Eyed Peas which you had previously rinsed and kept aside.Add the chopped Rotel tomatoes. You can also add canned Rotel Tomatoes with green chilis.Add the thinly chopped spinach and the cheese. Mix well.Layer this in your greased casserole baking dish. Top with more Cheese.Bake uncovered for 30 minutes
Cut into individual Servings. Top with some sour cream, chopped Red Onions, freshly chopped Cilantro, and some sliced Avocado. You can also garnish with crispy fried Bacon.
To make a Vegan version - To make a Vegan version, replace Cheddar cheese with Daiya Cheddar style shreds.You can replace Dried Black Beans with Canned Black Beans.You can replace Rotel Tomatoes with Canned Rotel Tomatoes and green chilisYou can add some fried Bacon for that perfect touch. You will have to fry the bacon first and then combine it with Rice, just when you're mixing in the cheese and the Beans.Inspired from Recipe Girl