Swiss Chard with Black-Eyed Peas

Had I the fore-thought I would have bought dried peas and soaked them overnight, then cooked them off before beginning this dish.  Because I didn’t, I used canned peas, but fresh-cooked are always the better option.  This is a great dish which can be eaten as a vegetarian main course (as the beans offer about 12 grams of protein), or as a flavorful side to something meaty.

Ingredients:

1 cup black-eyed peas , drained & rinsed
3/4 cup low-sodium vegetable broth, divided
1 cup chopped red onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bunch Swiss chard, stems and leaves sliced separately, divided
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Directions:

  • Heat 1/2 cup broth to a simmer in a large skillet over medium-high heat
  • Add onion, garlic and chard stems and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes

  • Add the chard leaves, black-eyed peas, crushed red pepper, and remaining 1/4 cup broth and cook over medium heat, covered, for about 3 minutes

We served this with some pork tenderloin that was seared in balsamic vinegar and fresh rosemary.

The combination was quite lovely.

Inspired by this recipe on Whole Foods’ site.

J