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Recipe: New Year’s Hoppin’ John

Hoppin’ John is traditional fare for New Year’s day 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 kick off your best year yet!

And make a big batch, because leftover “Hoppin’ John” gets called “Skippin’ Jenny,” after January 1st! Skippin’ Jenny demonstrates your commitment to frugality, and brings more hope for a prosperous year!

Hoppin’ John

Ingredients

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)

Directions

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