New Year’s day means Hopping' John!
|Photo and meal by JM Hayes.|
Eating Hoppin' John and collard greens ensures prosperity in the new year (the collards represent greenbacks and the black-eyed peas coins or so they say here in the south).
2 cans no salt added black-eyed peas
1 can no salt added fire roasted diced tomatoes
½ small onion
2-3 cloves garlic
½ red pepper
½ green pepper
¼ cup celery
1 small zucchini, diced
1 small diced jalapeno (optional)
2 tsp thyme
1 tsp basil
Sauté onion and garlic in a bit of broth or water until soft. Add diced celery peppers and zucchini and continue sautéing in a bit of broth or water until tender. Add black-eyed peas and diced tomatoes. Season with thyme and basil to taste. Add jalapeno if you want a bit of a kick. Simmer 20 minutes or longer to let flavors blend.
Serve over whole wheat couscous or quinoa and alongside collards, kale or greens of your choice.