Happy New Year! Although we’ve already rung in 2013, don’t forget a favorite Southern tradition that will ensure luck in the year to come. Black-eyed peas have been part of New Year’s celebrations in the South since the Civil War and symbolize good luck. For all of us on Day 2 of our healthy eating resolutions, these tasty and powerful peas pack a pretty strong nutritional punch. Black-eyed peas are high in fiber and protein, as well as a satisfying way to go meat free (or at least in this case, meat light). When paired with greens or cabbage, black-eyed peas are fabled to bring luck and wealth. A Southern staple goes New Orleans-style with this spicy version of Hoppin’ John. Enjoy!
- 1 link of Cajun sausage (about 1/2 pound), sliced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 stalks of celery, diced
- 2 cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
- 1 can diced tomatoes and green chiles (mild or hot)
- 2 cups fat-free chicken broth
- Cajun seasoning, such as Tony Chachere’s, to taste
STOVE TOP DIRECTIONS:
Spray a large pot with nonstick cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat, sauteeing sausage until caramelization occurs. Add in onions and celery, stirring often, until vegetables are tender. Add carrots, tomatoes, black-eyed peas, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil,then lower the heat to simmering. Simmer 30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. To thicken the stew, smash down with the back of a spoon, releasing the starch in the peas. Season as desired with Cajun seasoning. Serve over rice (extra health points for brown rice) and with a side of coleslaw or greens for wealth in the new year.
SLOW COOKER DIRECTIONS:
Cook all ingredients on low for 8 hours. Season as desired with Cajun seasoning. Serve over rice (extra health points for brown rice) and with a side of coleslaw or greens for wealth in the new year.
You can freeze the cooked stew or toss all ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag prior to cooking and freeze. Once thawed, pour all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook as directed above.
Calories 301, Total Fat 21.6g, Saturated Fat 8g, Total Carbs 10.1g, Fiber 2.2g, Protein 13.4g, WW Plus Points: 8
**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann