Love at First Bite: Spicy Black-Eyed Peas and Collards

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A while back, I tried collard greens for the first time and loved them.  So when they appeared on sale again, I knew it was time for more.

chopped collards
I’m only vaguely familiar with the Southern tradition of black-eyed peas and collard greens, but it’s something I’ve been wanting to try.  I picked up a can of black-eyed peas the last time I was buying beans with the idea of looking up black-eyed pea recipes at some point.  Fortunately for me, the can was still around, so I was able to seek out exactly the sort of recipe I was looking for.

Straight out of Vegan Fire & Spice, spicy black-eyed peas and collard greens!

spicy collards and black eyed peas
This is a pretty straightforward recipe.  Onions, garlic, hot chilies, and ginger make up the seasoning along with a little water to cook the collards in.  All together it makes a sort of broth that smells like ginger and dark leafy greens while it’s cooking!

spicy collards and black eyed peas plate
I made some brown rice to go with it, and man was it good.  Sometimes the simplest stuff is the best, and such is the case with this recipe.  And I love black-eyed peas now!  So much so that I’m ready to go get more and try other black-eyed pea and collard recipes as soon as possible.  No reason not to, really.  You can’t go wrong with beans, greens, and a little creative seasoning, right?


About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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