Where I live there’s a longtime tradition for New Year’s Day dinner. You always eat black-eyed peas for luck and add in some collards to bring you money.
When I was a kid I was both a bean and green hater, so for me it meant holding my breath and taking one mouthful! Now I eat greens voluntarily all the time and I love beans so much I wrote a whole book about them! It’s amazing how much things change over time.
This is a great tradition to add to your yearly habits even if you aren’t superstitious. Green are great for you and I think collards are the new kale. If you’ve had collards that are bitter, try some that sat in the field over a freeze. That takes all the bitter right out of them. Beans are full of fiber and nutrients. Even better – they’re cheap. That will help you with and financial resolutions.
I love win-wins, don’t you?
Dianne’s Hoppin John is a traditional southern dish. It combines black-eyed peas for luck with some collards thrown in to bring money in the new year. If you don’ t have collards where you are substitute kale, turnips greens or Swiss chard.
Ricki Heller added some Caribbean flair to her black-eyed peas with some ginger, hot sauce and a dash of cloves. She throws in some sweet potato and rice so it’s a one dish meal!
Ann went beyond tradition to make this delectable little bean burgers. She uses a vegan sausage, black-eyed peas and mushrooms to make them hearty. She tops them with sautéed greens. These would be a good New Years Day meal, but you could also make them with your leftovers the day after!
Richa is the queen of fusion pizzas and she shows off her skill in this black-eyed pea pizza filling. In this creation there are layers of Black eyed Peas, layered with Thyme Tofu ricotta, pasta sauce and cheese. She says its almost a cross between a Lasagna, hoppin john and a Deep Dish Pizza!
Be sure to eat some peas and greens on New Year’s Day and I hope 2015 is your best year yet!