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Meatless Monday: Southern Greens and Black Eyed Peas

October 19, 2010

I have a thing for turnip greens. Take me to Cracker Barrel–the mecca of all things greasy and southern and I will gladly order the beans and greens each time. Jeremy  makes a sour face every time that I do it. Still, he keeps silent because I am not stinking up the house with a big mess of turnip greens.

I have developed an easy recipe for Vegetarian greens. To be honest, I am just skeeved out by ham hocks or salt pork and don’t want to try to cook with them at home. I came up with an alternative that is tasty and sweet/sour.

Turnip Greens

  • 1 bunch turnip greens, washed thoroughly and tough stems removed. (Chop Coarsely)
  • olive oil 1-2 tbs to coat pan
  • clove of garlic (or two if you like it as much as I do)
  • 1 chopped shallot
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Coat pan with olive oil and heat on Medium setting
  2. Add garlic and shallot and saute 1-2 minutes until shallot is translucent
  3. Add greens and saute until wilted
  4. Add water and bring to a boil
  5. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 15 minutes until greens are tender, adding more water as necessary to keep from drying out.
  6. Add apple cider vinegar and sugar and simmer 5 minutes until mixture appears syrupy
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper and enjoy!


For the black eyed peas, I am lazy. I just open a can of vegetarian black eyed peas and drain/rinse. I then season with sauteed onions and garlic before adding the beans to a hot pan.  Finish with some hot sauce and you have a great southern style meal that is super quick. Cornbread makes a great addition if you are serving a family meal–but if it’s just me I stop at the beans and greens.



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