|Happy New Year Black Eyed Peas|
Even though I am not from the south, I bring in the New Year with Black Eyed Peas and Greens.
I have made our New Years meal already this year ( it's in the freezer ) because I am pretty busy the next couple of days and I don't want to miss out on one of my favorite traditions!
New Years Day Black Eyed Peas
You can't have black eyed peas without your greens, so here is one of my favorite ways to prepare them. You can use collards, kale, mustard greens, spinach, chard, beet greens, cabbage, escarole or any mixture of the above. I am partial to a kale and collard mix. To prep your greens, chop them well, then fill a HUGE bowl ( or a sink ) with cold water and a splash of vinegar. Let the greens rise to the top, allowing all of the grit to sink to the bottom. Lift out of the water. Do this twice ( three times for extra sandy bunches ). Don't spin dry, you want the water on the greens to help them cook. Now, a note about the stems. Many people suggest de-stemming the collards and kale. I don't bother. I have several reasons for this. First, I am frugal and this gives me more food! Second, I believe that the stems carry vital life force and I like to eat them and third, I am lazy! If you feel the need to de-stem, go right ahead. I don't use all of the stem, just the part that is connected to the leaves ( unless I am cooking chard or beet greens, then I use the whole stem.)
New Years Day Greens
This meal is great served with Gluten Free Cornbread or Basmati Rice and topped with Gremolata.
Mix everything together
As you can see from the recipes, I like a lot of flavor and spice. If you are unsure about the level of garlic, feel free to use less. If you don't like spicy food, you can substitute smoked paprika for the chiopotle. Start with 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika to replace 1 chipotle pepper and add more to taste.
Here are some links to more Black Eyed Pea recipes:
If you're looking for a yummy Raw Collard salad recipe, click HERE for my Collard Apple Slaw.
Remember, a great way to get your greens is in a Green Smoothie!
What are your favorite ways to eat your Peas and Greens?