Black-eyed Peas have long been considered a lucky food; Southern tradition holds that the first food to be eaten on New Year’s Day should be for luck and prosperity. Specifically, one should eat a pea for each day of the year. If you want a really good year, eat them with greens (which represent paper money) for wealth.
Everyone has a favorite recipe for this distinctive bean, which is also one hell of a superfood (1 cup delivers 20 percent of the daily value of magnesium, calcium and iron. It’s also full of fotate, manganese and Vitamin A). We’ve found that when it comes to this valuable little bean, less is more.
1 Cup of Black eyed Peas (soaked overnight)
1 sweet onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, smashed
1/2 Bell Pepper
1 tsp. Avocado Oil
Cracked Black Pepper
3 cups of vegetable broth
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped (optional)
Maple Syrup to taste (optional)
1 bunch of Cilantro, chopped (optional)
Saute onion, pepper, jalapeño and garlic in oil, then add beans and season to taste. Cover with vegetable broth, reduce heat to low, and simmer until cooked. Add maple syrup to taste and balance flavors if needed. Add cilantro last and simmer, stirring occasionally until all the flavors are merged.