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Southern Peas and Rice

 Southern Peas and Rice
"Nothing beats good old-fashioned comfort food," confirms Amber Zurbrugg of Alliance, Ohio. "This is wonderful on a cold day." Hot sauce adds a little zip to the black-eyed peas in her quick skillet side dish.
2 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.


  • 2 bacon strips, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups torn fresh spinach
  • 1 cup frozen black-eyed peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup cooked long grain rice
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese


  • In a small nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 1
  • teaspoon drippings.
  • Add spinach to drippings in skillet; cook for 3-4 minutes or until
  • tender. Stir in the peas, rice, Parmesan cheese, salt, hot pepper
  • sauce and bacon. Cook 5 minutes longer or until heated through.
  • Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Yield: 2 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 257 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 820 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 14 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 2 fat, 1-1/2 starch.