Three healthy, absolutely delicious black-eyed pea recipes to celebrate New Year's Day!
If you don't live in the Southern United States, you might not be familiar with black-eyed peas or perhaps you just know that they have a legendary ability to bring good luck if you make them part of your New Year's Day diet. Southern Living Magazine (an iconic Southern lifestyle magazine) explains it like this: "According to Southern food researcher John Egerton's Southern Food: At Home, On the Road, In History, black-eyed peas are associated with a "mystical and mythical power to bring good luck."
Although we don't believe in "luck", here at The Café (but rather rely on a Higher Power for our well-being), we think it's fun to have a few delicious culinary traditions. That's why we're sharing three of our favorite blacked-eyed pea recipes today. One of them is a complete meal and the other two are fabulous, flavorful sides that go with soups, salads, and sandwiches. Add a protein and you've got a healthy, delicious lunch or casual dinner entreé!
If black-eyed peas (aka cowpeas, black-eyed beans, or goat peas) haven't been a part of your regular diet, there are lots of (non-superstitious) health benefits they can add to your menu planning. Black-eyed peas are super rich in fiber and protein, making them an excellent energy source. They're also a rich source of complex carbs, which take longer to digest than simple carbs which means they keep you satisfied longer and can therefore help with weight loss. (Sourced from Nourish by Webb MD.)
This Easy Black-Eyed Pea Salad is perfect for New Year's - but will also bring rave reviews at picnics, potlucks and family get-togethers all year long!
This healthy, delicious version of Hoppin' John is a celebratory meal that's loaded with fresh veggies in addition to the traditional black-eyed peas, pork and rice - the best of both worlds!
This Mexican Corn and Bean Salad is a fun and delicious way to experience black-eyed peas. It's wonderful for potlucks, and makes a fabulous side for sandwiches and grilled entreés but it can also be served with a big bowl of chips for a "healthier" game-day or party snack option.
Thought for the day:
Who would not fear You, O King of the nations?
Indeed it is Your due!
For among all the wise men of the nations
And in all their kingdoms,
There is none like You.
What we're listening to for inspiration:
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