Hoppin‘ John with Orange Bell Peppers

Hoppin‘ John with Orange Bell Peppers

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2016

Loads of ham hocks, cured pork belly or even smoked turkey wings are usually key ingredients in this Southern dish. In this healthy Hoppin‘ John recipe, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper bring on the flavor. Ounce-for-ounce, these two spices contain roughly 2½ times the beta carotene of boiled sweet potatoes. Serve as a main-dish stew or serve a smaller portion as a side along with some brown rice.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 medium orange bell peppers, chopped ( ½-inch)
  • 4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small bunch collard greens (about 8 ounces), trimmed and chopped
  • 4 cups cooked black-eyed peas (homemade, frozen or canned, rinsed)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water


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  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan or pot over medium heat. Add bell peppers and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown and smell fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Stir in cumin, paprika, cayenne and salt; cook, stirring, for 15 seconds. Stir in collard greens by the handful; cook, stirring, until they are wilted a bit, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add black-eyed peas, tomatoes and their juice and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the greens are tender, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1¼ cups each
  • Per serving: 213 calories; 6 g fat(1 g sat); 11 g fiber; 31 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein; 293 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 2,927 IU vitamin A; 68 mg vitamin C; 113 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 476 mg sodium; 602 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (113% daily value), Folate (73% dv), Vitamin A (59% dv), Iron (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 1

October 30, 2016
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By: Alixandra Hice
Spicy and smoky and luscious! We simmered a smoked turkey leg in for a little extra flavor and protein. Gotta say, this is a definite do-over.
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