day 31: end of the year, end of the challenge … blackeyed-pea soup

31 days … 30+ successes, 1 epic fail, a 50th blog post made and a challenge officially smashed to bits!

As I hunker down to enjoy my NYE (watching my dearest niece nap and awaiting my nephew’s arrival), I can’t think of any place or person I’d rather be. No lists of things I want to change this year. No lists of things to put into my routine. No lists of accomplishments to make by the end of 2014. This year I have one simple request over my blackeyed (lucky) peas … to be better.


Lucky blackeyed-pea soup with greens

Lucky blackeyed-pea soup with greens

What you’ll need:

  • Dried blackeyed-peas, soaked overnight in cold water, rinsed & drained
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • 10 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1/2 small butternut squash, diced
  • ham pieces (I used leftover country ham from Christmas – thanks Granny)
  • 8 cups of chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • healthy dash of hot sauce (I used Frank’s here) + more for garnish
  • greens (collards, kale, mustard, arugula, or escarole – I used kale, as I had it on hand)
  • Italian parsley for garnish

What you’ll do:

  1. Sautee carrots, butternut squash, garlic & onions in olive oil until fragrant
  2. Add bay leaves, oregano, tomato sauce, and chicken stock. Bring to boil
  3. Add blackeyed-peas and reduce heat to simmer for 3 hours
  4. Add greens and allow to simmer an additional hour
  5. Top with a bit of hot sauce and parsley. Serve with hot water cornbread
  6. Enjoy!

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