Collard Greens with Black Eyed Peas & Tomatoes

Source: FNEC

Serving size: 1/8 of recipe

This dish is both delicious and packed with nutrients.


1 1/2 cups brown rice

3 cups water

1 large bunch collard greens

16 oz spinach

3-4 cloves garlic finely chopped

1 medium onion chopped fine

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 14 1/2-ounce can crushed tomatoes

1 14-ounce can black-eyed peas

2 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

Hot pepper sauce to taste

Black pepper, Thyme, Paprika, Garlic powder (optional)


Large pot, Knife, Mixing spoon


1. Bring water to a boil, add rice, cover and reduce heat. Steam rice for about 40 minutes, until all water is absorbed.While rice is cooking:

2. Wash spinach, remove stems, and slice leaves into strips. Cut across strips to cut leaves into bite-size pieces.

3.Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat, add garlic and onions and cook for 3-4 minutes.

4. Stir in spinach to coat with oil and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly. (Add water if spinach starts to stick to pot.)

5. Stir in tomatoes, cover and cook for another 10 minutes.

6. Add the black-eyed peas, maple syrup, vinegar, and spices (black pepper, thyme, paprika, garlic powder, etc. -- no salt is needed!)

7. Stir well, cover, and cook until spinach is tender.

8. Serve the greens and beans on a bed of rice.


Try making this dish in a crock-pot or slow-cooker.

More About Tomatoes

How to Select

Choose plump tomatoes with smooth skins that are free from bruises, cracks, or blemishes.

How to Store

Store at room temperature away from direct sunlight. Use within 1 week after ripe. Tomatoes taste best if not refrigerated; refrigerate only if you can't use them before they spoil. Freeze or can for later use.

How to Prepare

Rinse in cold water. Chop or slice. Eat raw: Add to salads, sandwiches, and fresh sauces. Eat cooked: Steam, microwave, boil, sauté, stir-fry, roast, grill, braise, or simmer. Add to casseroles, soups, and stews. Chop, simmer and blend to make sauce for pizza, pasta, rice dishes, casseroles, salsa, and dips.