Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

It’s time for a new year.  Does that mean there will be a new you?  Lots of people make New Year’s Resolutions every year…like working out regularly, eating right, getting organized, cleaning out their spice cabinet, etc.  Last year at this time I was about 7 months pregnant and my only New Year’s Resolution was to have that baby!  Ohhh and what a baby we have!  Success!  Well, this year I want to keep this baby and my family healthy.  Let’s bring on the veggies, pack on the whole grains, giddy up fruit bowls and join the fit protein team.

Here is a healthy and lucky recipe that is perfect for New Years Day.  Why?  Well, because it’s black eyed peas and did you know that there are a lot of people who think eating black eyed peas on New Years Day will bring prosperity in the year ahead.  Sure, why not!?!   Black eyed peas are a great food for wee tots and adults.  They are packed with protein, magnesium and iron.  Plus they’re really cheap!  This is a wholesome, hearty meal that is perfect on a cold winters day and also pretty tasty if you had too much fun ringing in the New Year!

New Year’s Day Black Eyed Peas

  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 16 ounce bag of dried Black Eyed Peas
  • 4 Tomatoes, diced
  • 4 cups Chicken or Veggie Stock
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • Salt, Pepper and Chili Powder to taste

Rinse and soak the black eyed peas overnight or for 6-8 hours.  Saute the onion and garlic until tender and translucent.

Add the peas, tomatoes, chicken stock and bay leaf.

Bring to a boil, reduce to medium heat and simmer, covered for about 1 hour.  The peas should be tender and the tomatoes will break down creating a beautiful sauce.

Remove a portion for your baby and then add in salt, pepper and chili powder to taste.  Remove the bay leaf and serve over brown rice.  For the little ones you can serve this as a finger food or mash or puree to desired consistency.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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