A classic recipe eaten in the new year (usually on New Years Day) to bring prosperity and good luck is made with Black Eyed Peas that are also known as Cow Peas or Goat Peas.
Like other legumes, black-eyed peas are highly nutritious and a good staple food to keep in the house.
They are rich in fiber, nutrients and protein, and like all legumes, they swell when you cook them. That means a half cup of dried beans can grow to become one cup of cooked beans… hence the prosperity angle.
These unique looking peas with their one black eye (outlining the part of the pea that was attached to the pod) are eaten all over the world but have been immortalized in the southern dish called Hoppin John that includes ham hock to give it a smokey flavor.
I didn’t have any ham hock or bacon, so I improvised with Chorizo. Having a Cuban husband ensures that there is always some chorizo in our house.
BTW – you don’t have to wait until New Year’s day to enjoy this delicious prosperity-promoting dish. Eat it anytime!
- 1 & ½ cups organic Black Eyed Peas, soaked overnight
- 3 cups water
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 onions, peeled and diced
- 5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- 1 tbsp. fresh oregano (1 tsp. dried)
- 1 tbsp. fresh thyme (1 tsp. dried)
- 1 & ½ cups chicken stock (or water)
- 3-4 oz chorizo, sliced thin (or turkey sausage)
- 1 & ½ tsp. sea salt
- Fresh black pepper
- Fresh parsley, minced
- Discard soaking water from black eyed peas.
- Add 3 cups fresh water and bring peas to a boil.
- Skim and discard foam that rises to the top.
- Add bay leaves, cover and simmer one hour.
- Add 1 tsp. sea salt and continue cooking 15-20 minutes or until beans soften.
- In a deep frying pan saute onion and garlic 2-3 minutes.
- Add cooked beans, chicken stock, oregano, thyme and chorizo.
- Season the dish with remaining sea salt (1/2 tsp.) and black pepper.
- Adjust seasoning to taste.
- Cover and continue cooking 10-15 minutes.
- Garnish with fresh parsley.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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