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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Mediterranean Diet-- Greek Black-Eyed Peas and Greens

Greek Black-eyed Peas @livligahome

This recipe- Greek Black-eyed Peas and Greens (262/cal)- makes you feel very healthy. It made us feel proud to be eating vegetarian! It makes a hearty vegetarian meal because of the mix of greens included- Swiss chard, arugula and spinach. I used frozen black-eyed peas which made for firmer peas and less cook time than dried. The flavors for this dish come from the foods, not spices. It comes off as simple and straight-forward. Refreshing.

To make it a meal I added a Spicy Carrot Salad (112/cal--see blog review). It added the spice and heat the black-eye peas did not have. It was ultimately too spicy for this family. But the idea was a good one. I want to lighten the amount of spice next time and then see what we think.

The black-eyed peas got a thumbs up. The opinion on the spicy carrot salad is being suspended until it is prepared again without so much spice. We all liked the idea of the complementary dishes. Now to refine the tastes. We will keep you posted. The total calories for the meal was 374.