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Sweet Potatoes with Black Eyed Peas and Spinach

May 19, 2010

Black Eyed Peas remind me that I was born in the south.  To me, they kind of taste like dirt.  Creamy dirt.  And I love it.  You’ll never find them on a menu north of the Mason Dixon line and it is certainly hard to find them cooked sans pork fat south of the Mason Dixon line.

The Omnivore doesn’t like them; he says they taste like dirt.  That’s why they’re so delicious!  Especially with a splash of vinegar or hot sauce.

The original recipe called for field peas rather than black eyed peas.  I find the two similarly tasting.  It also called for kale, and while I generally have kale on hand, today all I had was spinach.  The substitute was delicious.

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Sweet Potatoes with Black Eyed Peas and Spinach (4 side dish servings, adapted from Mollie Katzen)
2 cups chopped, peeled sweet potatoes
1 chopped sweet onion
3 cups spinach
2 cups black eyed peas, cooked
hot sauce or vinegar
salt

Bring a medium saucepan full of water to a boil.  Place sweet potato chunks in boiling water (or, alternatively, in a steamer basket) for 7-8 minutes until tender when pierced with a fork.  Saute onion using nonstick cooking spray over medium heat until translucent and tender.  Add sweet potatoes and black eyed peas.  Cook, folding gently, about 3-5 minutes.  Just before serving, add spinach to wilt.  Salt to taste and serve with a mild hot sauce or cider vinegar.

4 servings, per serving
Calories 167.7
Total Fat 0.9 g
Total Carbohydrate 36.9 g
Dietary Fiber 7.2 g
Protein 4.7 g

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2010 3:08 pm

    That looks like a fab dish, I may give it a go. What do you serve it with?

    • brannyboilsover permalink*
      May 19, 2010 6:12 pm

      I think it is a delicious main course that would go well with sliced tomatoes. If you are serving it as a side dish, it seems like it’d be tasty with pork or beef.

  2. jen permalink
    May 19, 2010 8:26 pm

    Aha! This explains a lot. I hate beets because I hate how they taste like dirt to me & never understood how anyone could like that. Apparently people do! The sweet potatoes & spinach look GREAT! 🙂

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