Smoky Vegetarian Black-Eyed Peas with Collard Greens

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I devised this recipe after a New Year's Day at a friend's house. She ate black-eyed peas for the good luck, not because she liked them! I challenged myself to come up with something not only edible, but delicious and nutritious as well! It's also deceptively simple (especially if you sub canned black-eyed peas for dried). I hope you like the results! This is delicious as-is or served over brown rice.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 1 ½ cups dry black-eyed peas - sorted, rinsed, and drained

  • 3 cups water

  • ½ (1.41 ounce) package baby red potatoes, quartered (or halved if very small)

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 bunch collard greens - rinsed, trimmed and chopped

  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • salt to taste


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add black-eyed peas and boil for 1 minute. Drain.

  2. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in the same pot and stir in ham seasoning. Add peas and simmer until tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  3. Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute until soft, about 30 seconds. Add collard greens and cayenne; cover and cook until greens are soft, about 10 minutes. Add cooked black-eyed peas and heat through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt before serving.

Cook's Notes:

You can use two 15-ounce cans of black-eyed peas instead of dried, and any other greens of your choice instead of collard greens.

Goya(R) ham seasoning is vegetarian, although good results can also be obtained without it!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

231 Calories
9g Fat
28g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 231
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 547mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 18mg 89%
Calcium 122mg 9%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 555mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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