Mexican Black Eyed Peas and Greens

Mexican Black Eyed Peas and Greens- hearty black eyed peas are infused with Mexican-inspired spices and served with healthy greens for good luck and fortune in the new year!

Mexican Black Eyed Peas and Greens- hearty black eyed peas are infused with Mexican-inspired spices and served with healthy greens for good luck and fortune in the new year!

Happy (almost) New Year! We’ve made it a tradition in our house to eat black eyed peas and greens every year come January 1st. The idea is that the black eyed peas are supposed to bring you good luck and the greens will bring good fortune.

Do I really believe that? Nah.

But I love me some black eyed peas and greens so I willingly participate in the southern tradition.

Mexican Black Eyed Peas and Greens- hearty black eyed peas are infused with Mexican-inspired spices and served with healthy greens for good luck and fortune in the new year!

In the past I made my peas and greens pretty basic but last year I decided to switch it up by adding some peppers and spices for a Mexican-inspired version. The result was so delicious I made a note to share the recipe with you this year. :)

I hesitate to even call it a recipe because again, it’s pretty basic. All you have to do is saute an onion with peppers, chili powder and cumin then cook the greens and add your peas.

Mexican Black Eyed Peas and Greens- hearty black eyed peas are infused with Mexican-inspired spices and served with healthy greens for good luck and fortune in the new year!

Mexican Black Eyed Peas and Greens- hearty black eyed peas are infused with Mexican-inspired spices and served with healthy greens for good luck and fortune in the new year!

I cheat and use pre-cooked black eyed peas to help save time because that’s how I like to roll. I also like to add a healthy drizzle of cashew cheese and avocado on top for good measure, then serve it with tortilla chips on the side.

Served as is, this recipe makes about two large bowls. If you wanted to get more bang for your buck you can serve the peas and greens on a bed of rice. That could easily stretch it to four servings.

The whole meal is super easy and healthy to boot making it the perfect way to kick off the new year. I hope you enjoy it and I wish you all the best for 2019!

Mexican Black Eyed Peas and Greens- hearty black eyed peas are infused with Mexican-inspired spices and served with healthy greens for good luck and fortune in the new year!

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Mexican Black Eyed Peas and Greens

Mexican Black Eyed Peas and Greens- hearty black eyed peas are infused with Mexican-inspired spices and served with healthy greens for good luck and fortune in the new year!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 2 large servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 small bell peppers, cored and finely chopped
  • 1-2 jalapeños, cored and finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 bunch dinosaur kale, stem removed and finely chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 1 15-ounce can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • diced tomato, green onion and nacho cashew cream for topping

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, warm 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add the onion, sprinkle with salt and cook for 3 minutes, until translucent.
  • Add the bell pepper, jalapeño, garlic, chili powder and cumin. Stir to combine and continue to cook for about 3 more minutes.
  • To the skillet, add the kale. Cover with a lid and cook until wilted. Stir to combine. Add the drained black eyed peas, stir and cook until heated through.
  • Distribute in separate bowls garnished with cashew cream, avocado, green onion and diced tomato. Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 620mg, Potassium: 182mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 22.9%, Vitamin C: 14.6%, Calcium: 4.5%, Iron: 6.2%
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
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