Is it a tradition for you to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day? It’s not for me. Probably because I didn’t grow up in the South. But January 1, 2012 marks the beginning of a new tradition.
Spicy Southern Style Vegetarian Black-Eyed Peas
According to southern tradition, eating black-eyed peas on January 1st, brings good luck in the coming year. It’s also a good idea to eat your peas with rice and braised collard greens because their green color symbolize money/riches.
I’m feeling a strong pull to do whatever I can to start the new year on the right foot. And from a health perspective, eating black-eyed peas and collard greens seems like a great idea. Both are nutrition rich power foods. According to nutritiondata.com , a one-cup serving of cooked dried peas has 200 calories, 1 g fat, 11 g fiber, 36 g carbs and 13 g protein. And they’re full of fiber, iron, magnesium, thiamine and folic acid. Collard greens are full of antioxidant and linked to cancer prevention.
I got the idea for making these black-eyed peas from my good friend and hairdresser, Stormi. When I was in for my latest appointment, our conversation turned to food, which it often does. She suggested I try Deborah Madison’s recipe for Southern Style Black-Eyed Peas from her Cookbook. It sounded delicious. But it’s a stove top recipe and I wanted to let them simmer in the slow cooker so I also consulted for ideas and slow cooker cooking times.
I stirred everything together and set them to cook in my on low for 8 hours. I woke up this morning to my first batch of perfectly tender black-eyed peas. We’ll enjoy them later with rice, braised collard greens and cornbread for a healthy Southern feast.
If this recipe doesn’t look exactly like what you’re looking for, I’ve got a few more Weight Watcher’s friendly recipes for black-eyed peas at the end of the post.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy prosperous New Year!
New Year’s Day Black-Eyed Peas – a simple recipe with ham, onions, tomatoes and garlic powder that has just 120 calories and 3 WW Points+ in each 1/2 cup serving. Found at AllRecipes.
Paula Deen’s Spicy Black Eyed Peas – simmered with bacon drippings, tomatoes and green chiles and chili powder and topped with crumbled bacon. Each 1/2 cup serving has 156 calories, 4.1 g fat, 26.4 g carbs, 10.9 g fiber, 13. 1 g protein and 4 WW Points+. Found at The Food Network.