Recipe: Black Eyed Pea and Collard Greens Stew

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I had a can of black eyed peas, so I immediately thought collard greens. I’ve never cooked collard greens before, but I thought if I combined them with ingredients and flavors that I knew I could come up with something delicious. No only is this stew super easy to make, it’s also loaded with nutrients. The stew is light and bright enough for a lunch, or would pair perfectly with wild rice for dinner. Next time I might try adding sweet potatoes to the stew to give it even more of a southern flair.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup canned black eyed peas, drained

1/4 cup canned diced fire-roasted tomatoes

2 teaspoons avocado oil (or which ever oil you prefer)

3 large collard greens leaves, chopped into 1-inch pieces

2 large celery heart ribs, chopped

1/2 cup sliced zucchini, chopped

2 tablespoons green onion, chopped

1 large garlic clove, crushed

2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped

1 teaspoon fresh marjoram, chopped

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: 

Preheat the oil on medium heat in a medium-sized pot. Add celery, green onion, zucchini and collard greens. Season well with salt and pepper. Cook about 4-5 minutes or until the vegetables start to get tender. Stir in the black eyed peas, tomatoes, marjoram and parsley, and continue to cook another 5 minutes. Then add the red wine vinegar and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer at least 20 minutes to give the stew enough time to come together.

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