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Black-Eyed Pea Soup and Tofu Mac

beans soup tofu Feb 16, 2022

black-eyed peas and collard greens (quick stove-top version)

makes 6-8 servings

adapted from

1 small Onion, chopped 

2 Celery Ribs (Stalks), diced

1 Bell Pepper, red or green (optional)

2 small Bay Leaves

1/2 tsp dried thyme

3 tsp Smoked Paprika

1/2 tsp Black Pepper

4 cloves Garlic, pressed or minced

1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce

5 cups Vegetable Broth 

2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar

1 Tablespoon liquid smoke

3 15 ounce cans of black-eyed peas or 45 ounces of frozen black-eyed peas

2 cups Collard Greens, (or other dark leafy greens like kale) chopped into small pieces


1. Heat a large soup pot until medium-hot. Add the onion, celery, and bell pepper (if using). Cook, stirring occasionally until the onion starts to turn translucent. If things start to stick or burn add water or broth. 

2. Add the thyme, smoked paprika, bay leaf, and pepper. Stir. 

3. Add the garlic and adobo pepper. Cook for about 30 seconds, stirring frequently.

4. Add the broth, balsamic vinegar, and liquid smoke.

5. Stir in the black-eyed peas, and collard greens.

6. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20-30 minutes until peas are warm and greens are done to your taste.

7. Discard the bay leaves.

Serve on its own, over brown rice and/or with vegan cornbread.


NOTE: For more flavor, don’t be afraid to increase the spices, vinegar, and liquid smoke. I have found that the Instant pot version delivers more flavor with the original amount of spices. Here’s a link to that recipe. Also, if you are not used to eating low-salt dishes, you may want to add salt to this soup. It’s healthier to add the salt to your individual serving after cooking so that the salt is kept to a minimum, which will help manage your blood pressure.


baked tofu mac

makes 8-12 servings

adapted from:

16 ounces elbow macaroni

1 15 oz. can lite coconut milk

1 1/4 cups nutritional yeast

3/4 cups water

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 14 ounce package firm tofu

3/4 Tablespoon garlic powder

3/4 teaspoon paprika

3/4 teaspoon salt

½-1 cup bread crumbs

1. Cook pasta according to package instructions and drain.2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. In a blender, combine the remaining ingredients.

4. Coat pasta with blended sauce.

5. Sprinkle the bread crumbs on top and bake for 20 minutes.

6. Turn on the broiler, move the casserole to the top rack, and broil for about 5 minutes until the top is browned. Watch it carefully so that it doesn’t burn.



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