These smoky vegetarian black-eyed peas and greens will surprise you with how much flavour can come out of such simple ingredients. Beans, onion, red pepper, (lots of) garlic, chard and a good mix of spices is all you need to get a filling dish and a healthy dose of vitamins.
I’m aware that black-eyed peas and greens are traditionally served at New Year’s in the American south, and that now it’s April. Clearly I don’t care about tradition, these beautiful beans deserve to be eaten all year round.
My husband recently returned from the Extremadura region in western Spain with bags and bags of dried beans. He’s been harassing me ever since to do something with the beans (Do you wanna make beans? When are you going to do the beans? What about the beans? Huh? Huh?).
I had to get him off my back somehow and these smoky vegetarian black-eyed peas and greens were just the thing to shut him up!
So, “traditionally” these kinds of black-eyed peas would be prepared with ham or bacon or something similar. Obviously I won’t be doing that, but you can get all that lovely smoky flavour without the grease by using smoked paprika (of which we also have bags and bags from Extremadura) or liquid smoke.
Also, collard greens are usually used in this type of recipe, but since I can’t buy them here, I used chard as it’s in season now. Spinach would also be an option if you prefer.
We had a full meal with just these smoky vegetarian black-eyed peas and greens with cornbread. They can also be served over rice, quinoa or your grain of choice. They would also be a great side dish to anything grilled or pseudo-grilled like these roasted leeks with romesco sauce.
Wanna see how easy it is to make these smoky vegetarian black-eyed peas and greens? Watch the video:
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 764mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 10gSugar: 8gProtein: 17g
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