Saturday, January 2, 2010

Black Eyed Peas

Traditionally black eyed peas are eaten on New Year's Day for prosperity. We have been observing this tradition in my family for as long as I can remember.
Some type of green is usually eaten as well, to insure financial stability and fortune.

The kind of BEP's I grew up eating, were full of pork(usually ham hocks) and the greens were typically cooked to death.
Here's my version. Still full of flavor, but with more texture and nutrients.

1 carrot diced
1 stalk celery diced
1/4 large onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
1 large bay leaf or 2 small
1tsp poultry seasoning
5 cups veggie broth
8oz bep's (presoaked overnight per instructions on bag)
1 medium sweet potato or 2 small cut into bite size chunks
1 bunch of kale de-stemmed, washed and sliced
2tbl olive oil
*salt and pepper to taste

Saute 1st 6 ingredients in olive oil for about 5 minutes.
Add broth and beans to pot. Cover and reduce heat to simmer for about 1 hour.
Add in sweet potatoes and kale and continue to cook for 15 minutes or until beans and sweet potatoes are desired tenderness.
Salt and pepper to taste
* Amount will vary depending on which type of veggie broth you use.
Remove from heat and let sit 10 minutes before serving.

I serve this over brown rice with cornbread or corn muffins.

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