Bring on the black-eyed peas for good luck in the New Year! 

Photo Credit: Courtesy the Hungry Hutch

Black-eyed peas are a traditional New Year’s dish served in the South. They represent prosperity. Black-eyed peas are from the legume family, one cup contains 11g fiber and 13g of protein!  They are a great source of numerous vitamins and minerals including several B Vitamins, Copper, Iron, Magnesium and Zinc.  So, to me, they also provide good health along with (we hope) good luck and prosperity! Enjoy! 


2 tablespoons olive oil 

1 onion, diced 

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 

1 teaspoon dried thyme (or sub with rosemary, parsley, or sage) 

8 cups water or broth 

2 cups dried black-eyed peas, soaked overnight then rinsed 

1 ham hock (optional) 

Salt and pepper to taste 


  1. Heat olive oil in large pan over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, sauté for 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and thyme, stir to combine.
  4. Add water, black eyed peas, bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat (add ham hock if using) and simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until peas are tender, stirring occasionally.  Skim any foam from the surface as it cooks.  Add more water/broth as needed.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve with sautéed greens (collard, mustard, or turnip) and cornbread. Yum.


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