Monday, December 30, 2013

Black Eyed Peas for a Lucky New Year

Black eyed peas are a traditional dish for good luck in many cultures, especially at the New Year. In traditional dishes from the southern United States, the peas, which swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity and abundance. Similarly, accompanying greens symbolize money.

I featured this recipe once before, when Rick joined me as a "guest chef." Here it is again, slightly modified to include greens, which I like to sneak in wherever I can. Why not add this to your lucky New Year's feast? It might bring good fortune, and will certainly promote your good health!

Curried Black Eyed Peas
serves 6-8
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 T minced fresh garlic
1 T fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp cumin
4 tsp curry powder
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
2 cups vegetable broth or water
4 cups kale, chopped
4 (15 oz) cans black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 tsp salt, or to taste
1 tsp maple syrup
2 cans lite coconut milk
1/4 cup cilantro, minced
2 T lemon juice
tamari to taste

Saute the onion in a little water, over medium heat, for 2-3 minutes.
Add the garlic, ginger, cumin, and curry powder, and cook for a minute or so.
Add tomatoes, and cook until they start to soften.
Add the broth, and bring to a boil.
Add the kale and cook about 5 minutes.
Add the black eyed peas, salt, maple syrup, and coconut milk, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Just before serving, stir in lemon juice and cilantro.
Serve as a soup, or over rice or quinoa.

Here's another easy recipe, perfect for New Year's Eve, football, Olympics, and cozy evenings by the fire. Green Chile Chickpea Dip is new in the Recipe Box!


Kathy Lowe said...

That looks so yummy! Happy New Year Kim!

Jean said...

these both look great! xox jean

Joan Tucker said...

Kim, I want to thank you, I have been following you for a long time from before your dietary changes and I am amazed.

I have gone gluten, sugar, and mostly dairy free and already feel great. As I learn more I will improve on these choices even more.You are inspiring and gentle and that is what encourages me. I will let you know how I do in an update later on. Joan Tucker

Kim Miles said...

Oh thanks for this, Joan! I never know who's out there. Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help you along. That's what I'm here for! xoxo