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1 hour
4 Servings

2 teaspoons of red pepper paste (can substitute tomato paste for a milder option or harissa for a spicier option) 

6 tablespoons olive oil, divided 

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted 

1 teaspoon salt, divided 

2 whole grain pitas, split in half and diced into ¼-½ inch dice 

1 onion, finely chopped 

1 large carrot, finely chopped 

4 cloves garlic, minced, divided 

2 (15-ounce) cans black eyed peas, no-salt-added 

1 teaspoon tomato paste, no-salt-added 

¾ teaspoon of maraş pepper, divided (can substitute red pepper flakes) 

⅛ teaspoon cinnamon 

½ cup of plain Greek yogurt 

Juice of ½ lemon (about 2 tablespoons) 

8 cups of mixed braising greens, long stems removed and washed (a little more than a pound)

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the pepper paste with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until you have a loose paste. Stir in the butter and ⅛ teaspoon of salt, then stir in the pita pieces and coat them. Place them on a baking sheet and toast them for about 8-12 minutes until crisp and golden. 

  2. While the pita chips are toasting, heat two large skillets over medium-low heat. In one of the skillets, coat with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, then sauté the onion, carrot, and 2 cloves of the garlic (or green garlic) until very soft, tender and the onion is translucent. Stir in the tomato paste, ¼ teaspoon of the salt, ½ teaspoon of the maraş pepper and cinnamon. Stir in the black-eyed peas to coat. Cook for about 5 minutes on medium low, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until the beans are warmed through, then reduce heat to the lowest setting to keep the mixture warm. 

  3.  In the other skillet, warm 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then sautee the greens, tossing often with tongs, until the greens begin to wilt (about 4-6 minutes). Season with ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon maras pepper. 

  4. Place lemon juice in a small mixing bowl with the remaining 2 cloves of minced garlic and let stand for 3 minutes until the garlic softens in flavor. Stir in the yogurt and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with ⅛ teaspoon salt. 

  5.  To assemble, place baked pita chips on the bottom of a large, shallow bowl, then spoon the warm black eyed peas on top of the pita, and place the greens over the black eyed peas, then top the whole lot with the garlicky yogurt.

An Oldways recipe, adapted from Ana Sortun. An Oldways photo. 


Calories: 490
Total Fat: 26g
Saturated Fat: 5g
Sodium: 620mg
Carbohydrate: 52g
Fiber: 12g
Total Sugar: 8g (Added Sugar: 0g)
Protein: 20g

Yield: 4 Servings

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