Hoppin John Recipe: Healthy New Year's Day

Dec 29, 2010

Hoppin John recipe—this hearty dish is based on a southern tradition that says eating black-eyed peas will bring luck for the upcoming year.

Perfect for a New Year’s Day brunch, this dish is slow-cooked so you won’t have to waste the first day of the year in the kitchen.

Healthy Hoppin John

This recipe, from food.com, substitutes the ham with turkey sausage and uses brown rice for a slimmer and just as delicious dish.


* 2 cups cooked brown rice
* 1 lb cooked turkey sausage
* 1 (15 oz) can black-eyed peas, drained
* ½ cup diced onion, sautéed
* 1/.4 cup diced celery, sautéed
* 1 ½ cups chunky salsa
* 1 tsp garlic powder
* 1 tsp onion powder
* 1 tsp cayenne pepper or 1 tsp hot sauce (optional)

Click here for the directions at food.com.

(Vegetarian) Barley Hoppin’ John

This southern classic gains some great texture and protein by replacing the rice with barley.


* 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 medium onion, chopped
* 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
* 2 stalks celery, chopped
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 14-ounce can vegetable broth
* 1 cup quick-cooking barley
* 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
* 2 teaspoons lemon juice
* 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 2 15-ounce cans black-eyed peas, rinsed



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