Dr. Joel Fuhrman and the Importance of Nutritional Excellence + Instant Pot Smoky Black-Eyed Peas


Dr. Fuhrman might look like a badass gangster from the 40’s, but he’s actually a plant based gangster from present day.

And I was lucky enough to have a chat with him a few weeks ago. I love this dude and his work has been a huge inspiration to me and the work that I put out into the world. His books have helped me up my plant game and they continue to be a guiding force in my weekly Plant Fueled Meal Plans.

Here’s what you’ll walk away with after you watch today’s video, apart from seeing the delight on my face from chatting with someone who has been so pivotal in my life and my work.

  • How changing your fundamental belief about food can protect you from unnecessary illness and disease, including heart attack, stroke and certain cancers.
  • Why eating a diet of nutritional excellence is crucial for everyone, especially for people who are new to eating healthy. And what nutritional excellence looks like.
  • Why it’s hard to be overweight when eating a diet rich in whole plant foods and what you can do if you’re having trouble releasing weight (even if you already eat plant based).
  • Why following a low carb diet, like Paleo and Atkins is so dangerous.

I had such an awesome 38 minutes with Dr. Fuhrman and I hope you enjoy!

After you watch this video you’ll be inspired to make this super nutrient dense dish. Lucky for you it has foodgasm written all over it!

Smoky Black Eyed Peas

Author: Molly Patrick



  • 1 ½ cups dried black eyed peas rinsed and strained (255g)
  • 2 cups carrot sliced into coin shape rounds (250g / about 2 large carrots)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 6 turns black peppercorns
  • 4 cups water 945ml
  • 1 packed cup collard greens chopped (50g)


Instant Pot Directions:

  • Place all of the ingredients into the Instant Pot (IP), except for the collard greens (black eyed peas, carrots, bay leaf, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, salt, black pepper and water).
  • Stir and lock the lid into place, making sure the nozzle is pointed in the sealing position. Use the manual setting and set the time for 25 minutes. When the time is up, turn off the IP and carefully use the quick release method until all of the pressure is out.
  • Take off the lid and remove and discard the bay leaf. Add the collard greens and stir.
  • Allow to cool before storing in the fridge. This will thicken as it sets. Add a bit of salt to taste if needed.

Stove Top Directions:

  • Place all of the ingredients into a medium-sized pot, except for the collard greens (black eyed peas, carrots, bay leaf, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, salt, black pepper and water). Stir and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes, with a lid on at angle, until the peas are nice and tender. You may need to add additional water if too much is absorbed / evaporated before the peas are finished cooking.
  • Remove and discard the bay leaf and add your collard greens to the pot and stir.
  • Allow to cool before storing in the fridge. This will thicken as it sets. Add a bit of salt to taste if needed.


Instant Pot and stove top directions

smoky black eyed peas whole food plant based

Wishing you a happy week. May it be filled with self care in the form of antioxidants, phytochemicals and love.


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  1. Sonya on May 1, 2017 at 7:36 am

    This is a picky little language thing…

    Describing the body as an “amazing machine” contradicts the idea that the body is organic with a natural ability to heal. Machines (bodies) go to shops (doctors, med spas, etc.) to get fixed.

    • Molly Patrick on May 1, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks Sonya.

  2. Chuck on May 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Molly …. thank you SO much for this interview with Dr. Fuhrman. It\’s very clear to me that even though I\’m plant strong, I definitely have been overeating. It was interesting to see Dr. Fuhrman\’s take on the BMI chart and at 5\’3\” I will need to lose 30 pounds to get to a BMI of 23.03 …. I know it can be done. This was an excellent, eye-opening interview. 🙂 Keep up the good work.

    • Molly Patrick on May 1, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it and found it useful!

  3. Suzanne on May 1, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    I made this recipe tonight. Super delicious and super easy for a weeknight. Thanks! I wouldn’t have thought of a dish like this until New Year’s, but this is a great warm weather meal!

    • Molly Patrick on May 1, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Hi Suzanne,
      So glad you liked it!

  4. Nica Tank on May 1, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    the smiles at conclusion of the interview, yours and doc Furmans, pure joy.
    keep these powerful “g-bombs” coming at us!!! xoxo vicky

    • Molly Patrick on May 1, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Aww – thank you!

  5. Simone on May 8, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I enjoyed the video. But I must say the f word is very offensive to me. I think if you take the time to clean up your body you should want to do the same for your mind. They do work together you know.. other than that very thing was great!

  6. Amy Johns on July 9, 2017 at 11:54 am

    I watch a lot of videos from many sources and this was most excellent! Very informative. The body IS an amazing machine….the most efficient there is. Thanks so fucking much!!

  7. Donna Bengle on August 2, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Great nutritious meal. Next time I will add a little bit of liquid smoke or more smoked paprika though.

  8. Christine E Weston on August 28, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    5 stars
    this is our family’s favorite instant pot recipe! Hands down!!!

    • Team Clean Food Dirty Girl on August 29, 2018 at 7:25 am

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Christine! ~Karen

  9. Eric on July 15, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Please consider adding captions to the video on this page. I am deaf and as a result cannot directly access the sound track. I’d love to learn from this video, but can’t do so without captions. Thanks for listening!

    • Molly Patrick on July 15, 2019 at 10:11 pm

      Great idea! Will let you know when it is done.

    • Luanne Teoh on July 16, 2019 at 9:26 pm

      Hi Eric, this video has been captioned in English. Please click on the “CC” button at the bottom. It’s going to take us a minute to get all the rest captioned too. Thank you for your patience.

  10. Margie on July 8, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    5 stars
    Have made this recipe numerous times now and freeze in single portion size containers. It’s a great quick dinner or lunch. Thanks!

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