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Recipe: Hopping John for Good Luck in 2018

black eyed peas

Hoppin’ John is traditional fare for New Year’s and is a perfect dish to serve alongside some whole wheat cornbread to garner good luck in the new year.

Traditionally made with black-eyed peas, this delicious dish carries symbolism for luck, progress, and wealth. Serve it over brown rice and substitute turkey bacon for a wholesome meal to help kick off your best year yet!

Hoppin’ John


2 cups water
1 cup rice (uncooked)
1/2 cup onion
1 cup black-eyed peas (cooked)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
1/2 pound Turkey ham (thawed and cut into cubes or regular cooked ham instead)
Pepper (to taste)


1. Place water in pot and add rice, onion, and garlic.
2. Bring rice and water to boil and cover; turn heat to low and cook in covered pot, for about 20 minutes.
3. Add black-eyed peas, turkey, and pepper. Continue cooking on low heat until rice is tender.
Nutrition Information:

Total Calories: 300; Total Fat: 3 g; Protein: 16 g; Carbohydrates: 52 g; Dietary Fiber: 4 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Sodium: 520 mg


Recipe Courtesy of USDA Mixing Bowl