In the south, tradition (and our mamas!) dictate eating black-eyed peas and a green (typically cabbage) on January 1st for luck and prosperity, respectively, in the new year. In my family, the typical New Year's day meal is meatloaf, coleslaw, and black-eyed peas. This year will be no exception, the only change will be all of the above will be leener. To get you ready for your healthy and prosperous 2009, here is our suggested Paul Leen menu:
Live and Let Lean Loaf : Get the recipe and watch the video on PaulaLeen.com!
Skinny Peggy's Coleslaw: Get the recipe and watch the video on PaulaLeen.com!
Fee-leen Lucky! Black-eyed Peas:
Our mama's traditional recipe for black-eyed peas is something along the lines of drop a big ol' hamhock in a pot of water and peas. Cook to death. Salt and pepper to taste. But this year, we're letting the flavor (and health) of the peas shine through. Black-eyed peas and most all beans are a perfect leen food. They're good for your wallet (the bag of peas I bought cost 80 cents) and your health (high in fiber and nutrients).
1 16oz bag bag dried black-eyed peas, rinsed and picked through (sometimes tiny rocks make their way into the bag, so just be sure and give it a quick sort through)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced (optional)
1-2 tablespoons light olive oil
1 teaspoon each salt and pepper plus additional to taste
In a large pot, saute the onion in the olive oil unti soft and transluscent. Add the garlic and jalapeno (if using) and cook about 1 minute more. Add the peas and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil then turn heat down to simmer. Cook until peas are tender (could be an hour or more). Season to taste. Serve with meatloaf and coleslaw and have a happy, healthy new year!