Here’s wishing you all very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2016!!
My first post for the year is this healthy Black eyed peas and greens recipe that is a take on Hoppin’ John made in the American South.Eating legumes on New Year’s day is a custom that many cultures around the world embrace. Lentils represent a wish for prosperity in Italy and Brazil. Black soybeans are on the menu for New Year’s in Japan.Every culture has its own reason for the tradition, but it is a well known fact that beans are low in fat, cholesterol and calories, yet loaded with fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.
In the south, black eyed peas are usually eaten on new year’s. The peas represent coins, and are often eaten along side collard greens, which represent paper money. This recipe is from Vegetarian Times magazine and it uses kale instead of collard greens.
This recipe is more like a salad. Serve it with some brown rice or corn bread for a complete meal. Here’s another Black eyed peas dish I made couple of years ago for New Year — this one is with Indian flavors. So pick one of these and enjoy on the New Year to bring in prosperity and more importantly better health and nutrition.