soul food

i love, love, love this time of year.  chilis and soups and stews.  comfort food at its best.

last night i made blackeyed pea soup with collard greens and sausage.  i am telling you.  beyond delicious.  both the husband and myself were not terribly excited about the ingredients.  we have never really had collard greens before.  both of us feel like we are not fans but don’t have a real memory as to why.  i am not a fan of pork sausage.  but something magical happened in the crock pot.  this soup.  delicious.

i made it because it appeared to be filling and only had 125 calories per serving with some of the substitutions i made.  i didn’t have high hopes for taste.  boy was i wrong.

so please.  go make this soup.  it is easy.  it is healthy.  it is comfortingly, delicious.

here are the ingredients.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (12 ounce) package of fully cooked sausage, sliced. i chose turkey sausage.
10 cups chicken broth, i chose unsalted
1 (16 ounce) bag of dried black-eye peas, picked through, rinsed and drained
4-6 cups collard, mustard or kale greens, cleaned and coarsely chopped.  i chose collard.
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

directions for slow cooker:
1. in a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.  cook onions and celery until softened.
2. add sausage and saute until heated through. stir in garlic for about 1 minute then remove from heat.
3. add chicken stock and black-eyed peas to the slow cooker.  add sausage and onion mixture.  set on low for 6 to 8 hours covered, or on high for 4 to 6 hours covered.
4. stir in collard greens, salt, red pepper flakes and apple cider vinegar.  cover and cook for an additional 20-30 minutes until greens are wilted.

total calories in slow cooker 1000 exactly for 8 servings.  that equals 125 calories per serving.  if i weren’t counting calories i would have served this with a large slice of cornbread.  soul food at its best.

this is the best way i have found, so far, to get a large serving of those super power greens (collard, mustard, or kale) into my and my husbands tummy.  i hope you make yourself a bowl and enjoy!