In the Southern United States, Hoppin’ John (a traditional soul food) is thought to bring prosperity in the New Year. The story goes, that the peas are supposed to bring you good luck and the greens are supposed to bring you money. I am not southern, but man do I love black eyed peas and I love greens so when I first read about this tradition, I was all over it.
What I love most about black eyed peas, is that soaking is not (always) required and if you have a pressure cooker, this recipe will be cinch to make especially if you have some left over precooked potatoes, brown rice or my favorite, millet. If you do not have a pressure cooker, don’t fret! Just follow the modified recipe below.
Black Eye Peas & Greens
1 onion chopped
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
1.5 cups dried black eye peas (not soaked)
2 cups low sodium veggie broth
1 cup water
¼ cup nutritional yeast
1 bunch of kale or 3 cups spinach (or your favorite green)
Add the first eight (8) ingredients (basically everything but the kale) to your pressure cooker in the order listed and stir to combine.
Cook on the manual setting for 25 minutes with the vent in the sealed position.
Let pressure release naturally.
Suggestion: While the peas are cooking, make rice, millet or microwave some potatoes to serve the peas over when cooked.
When the pressure releases on the pressure cooker, add the greens and stir again to incorporate. Put the lid back on the pressure cooker to let the greens cook down until soft.
Serve over brown rice, millet or baked potatoes. We also like to add crushed red pepper flakes, black pepper and/or hot sauce to this before serving.
No pressure cooker? No problem!
Sub 2 cans of black eyed peas for the dried peas. Rinse and drain the peas and use just 1 cup of liquid (low to no sodium broth is best) instead of the 3 cups of liquid listed above and follow the below directions.
Add the chopped onion and spices (except nutritional yeast) to a large pot set to medium high heat. Add a little splash of broth if needed to prevent the onions from sticking. Saute until onions are soft.
Add the rest of the ingredients including the peas and the 1 cup of broth to the pot and heat over medium high heat stirring occasionally. You want this to get creamy if possible and may need to add some extra nutritional yeast to reach that consistency. When the greens are wilted to your liking and everything is heated through, enjoy!
May you all have a healthy, happy and now prosperous new year.