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Calypso Soup with Black-eyed Peas and Spinach
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Calypso Soup with Black-eyed Peas and Spinach

Hearty soup to bring you good luck in the new year
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Soups and Stews
Cuisine: Creole
Keyword: calypso soup, New Year's
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 416kcal
Author: Adapted from Diabetic Gourmet


  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup peeled diced sweet potato
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth or water
  • 14.5 ounces black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained 1 can
  • 14 ounces unsweetened light coconut milk 1 can
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking into crumbles, until no longer pink, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove meat to a paper-towel lined plate. Press additional paper towels on top of meat to further reduce fat.
  • Discard all but 1 tablespoon of fat in skillet. Add sweet potato, onion, bell pepper, and curry powder. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in flour and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Add broth or water, black-eyed peas, and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer until sweet potato is tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in spinach and thyme. Cook until spinach wilts, about 1 minute.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.


If you'd like to reduce the fat in this recipe, use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef and use chicken broth or water instead of beef broth. You could also reduce the amount of coconut milk or replace some of it with coconut water.
If you're watching your Sodium intake, buy dried black-eyed peas and cook them yourself instead of using canned. You might also want to use water or low-sodium broth.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 685mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg | Net carbs: 18g