A 5 star recipe. I made the following deviations. First, I omitted the ham and bacon from the recipe. Instead, I used one large smoked turkey drum stick. The drum sticks are sold in pairs in the meat section at a grocery store for about $6 for 2 large drum sticks. The smoked turkey drum stick is a healthier alternative and still has as much flavor as ham and bacon. The second drum stick was placed in the freezer and will be used for a future soup dish. I also had some carrots in the refrigerator which I pealed, diced and added to the mix. Secondly, I added the diced bell peppers later on. Unlike black eyed peas, the bell peppers are more tender and can get mushy if cooked too long. Third, I did not pre-soak my black eyed peas. Not necessary due to the slow cooking process. Fourth, I added twice the amount of minced garlic. Fifth, no salt was added. Sixth, I added raw shredded kale, diced green onions, a small amount of lime zest and grated Parmesan cheese to each serving bowl. The reason for the raw kale is to have the combination of soft cooked peas, carrots and peppers with the crunchy kale. To make the shredded kale, I removed the large thick spines from the plant and then placed the remainder on a cutting board. Then I took a sharp knife and sliced the kale as thin as possible. Although I made a number of substitution and alterations to the original recipe, the result is a much more healthier and tastier recipe. My wife loved, loved, loved this dish!
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A 5 star recipe. I made the following deviations. First, I omitted the ham and bacon from...