December 29, 2017

New Year’s Day Black-Eyed Pea Recipe Round-Up

I love a traditional, lucky New Year’s Day meal. Who am I kidding? I love a good meal any day.

But there is something special about carrying on the tradition of a lucky New Year’s Day meal. In the south, Black-Eyed Peas, Greens, Cornbread, and Pork are the dishes that will bring you good fortune in the year ahead.

A lot of people turn their noses up at these dishes. It’s really all in how they are prepared that make or break the dish. I always make the recipe as clean as possible, reduce the amount of sodium, and go easy on the pork (even though the pig is a symbol of moving forward!)

Do you know what each of the foods represent?

Representing gold, cornbread represents having money to spend in the new year.

Collard Greens
Green like the color of money. Skip the greens, your luck is sure to run out! ;-)

Black-Eyed Peas
The more you eat, the luckier you will be! Why black-eyed peas? They represent pennies, and over time pennies add up to more wealth!

So, here are some black-eyed pea recipes I pulled together to help you rack up on the luck in 2018!

What are other New Year's Day traditions? I would love to hear from you!

I love sharing recipes and finding new ways to make food delicious and healthy! Each month, I support a small group of women in an online health and fitness challenge group. That's a fancy way of saying that I help them learn to meal plan, share my meal prep tips, and keep the group accountable to healthy choices on a daily basis! 

If this sounds like something you would like in your life, let's chat:

Wishing you the best in 2018!


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