Cheesy Grits, Greens and Black-Eyed Peas: For Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner!

Macros / Serving Size

Protein 21 g | Fat 20 g | Carbs 58 g

% Calories of Macros / Serving Size

Calories 480 | Protein 17 % | Fat 36 % | Carbs 47 %

Nutrients / Serving Size

Fiber 8 g | Sodium 774 mg | Sat. Fat 10 g

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • I cup of Quick Grits
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 15 oz. can of Black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 4 oz. low sodium turkey bacon
  • ½ cup low sodium canned stewed tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 12 oz. frozen greens (collard or turnip)
  • ½ tsp. garlic power
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 dashes of salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • 2-3 dashes red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese


  1. In a medium sized skillet over medium heat melt the butter, add the diced onions salt and cooking, stirring often until translucent.
  2. On a microwave safe plate, place 4 slices of the bacon on a single layer and cover with a paper towel.  Microwave for 3 minutes until crispy.   May need to microwave in additional 30 second increments, until desired layer of crispy.   Set aside, and repeat with an additional 4 slices.    (Be careful, the plate will be hot, so handle with care.   Set cooked bacon aside.
  3. Once onions are tender, add the frozen greens and diced tomatoes and 1-2 tbsp of additional water.  Cover and cook for 4-6 minutes until the greens start becoming tender.  Add the drained black-eyed peas, onion powder and other optional spices.  Cover and continue cooking over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the greens are the desired level of tender.  Add additional water 1-2 tbsps. at time throughout cooking to prevent burning or sticking.
  4. Meanwhile, in a sauce pan, begin cooking the grits according to package directions.  Once cooked, remove from heat and add the garlic powder, cheese and hot sauce (if using), stir and cover to melt the cheese.
  5. Serve by placing 1/4 of the grits on a plate, topped with one 1/4 of the greens and beans and slice of the bacon crumbled over the top.


  • Nutrition analysis excludes optional items and is based on the use of collard greens and low-sodium cheddar cheese.  The analysis also does not take into consideration that the canned bean were rinsed, which will lower the overall sodium level some.  If possible, choose a low sodium option for canned peas. 
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