Traditional New Year's Meal

Newyears meal

My grandparents are from the south so for as long as can remember New Year’s Day we have the tradition of eating black-eyed peas, greens and cornbread. 

Collard Greens

Greens like  Collard greens, mustard or turnips greens to represent money or dollar bills. 

Cornbread

Cornbread represents gold pieces.   These are dishes that I look forward to every year.  I am good at making greens and cornbread. 

Black-eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas are one of the staples for the new year in southern tradition.  They represent good luck and prosperity in the new year.  

So for as long as I can remember I have had black-eyed peas during New Year’s Day.  In fact that is one of the only times during the year I that I eat them. For the last several years I have been trying to new recipes for black-eyed peas and I realize that I really like them and would love to incorporate them into my life. 

Some of my favorite recipes have been vegan barbequed black eyed peas out of Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry.  I also love the Black-eyed pea recipe in Marcus Samuelson’s book Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa.

So now part of my New Year’s Day is to try a black-eyed pea recipe. It allows to me be creative and adventurous in the new year.  It a great way to start the year, with healthy food that is filling and nutritious.