It’s 2013! Happy & Healthy New Year!
I’ve decided it’s time for me to get back to blogging soulful, vegan goodness. (Bookmark me and put me in your feed!) Why not start the new year with a delicious vegan or vegetarian version of “Hoppin’ John?” In this case, it’s called “Hoppin’ Jean,” and it’s soooo tasty, I have come to think of it as comfort food. When I first made this dish back in 2009, here’s what I said:
“This was so good, I ate it for Meatless Monday…and then I ate it again for breakfast on Tuesday. Nuff said.”
Cook this and you won’t regret it. (But be careful to adjust the spice level to suit your own needs. More pepper if you like it wicked hot. Less if you like things mild.) Click HERE for the recipe!
Super Healthy Collard Greens!
If you want to pair this with collards for the new year, try Bryant Terry’s Citrus Collard Greens? Click HERE for a video of Bryant in action!
An African American New Year’s Tradition!
Want to be healthy, wealthy, and wise in 2013?
Cooking Hoppin’ John and Collard Greens on New Year’s Day is an old African American and Southern U.S. tradition. The black eyed peas represent pennies or coins. The greens represent dollars. It’s said that if you cook these dishes on the first day of the new year, it will bring you wealth and luck. And while I can’t guarantee that cooking the vegan versions will make money grow on trees, I can definitely guarantee this: If you add these two easy, inexpensive, protein and nutrition rich powerhouse recipes to your culinary repertoire this year, you will surely be HEALTHIER. If you substitute plant protein for meat protein at least one day a week this year, you’ll save money. (WEALTHIER!) And making healthy, money-saving decisions in this year- or in any year- is nothing short of WISE.