Good Luck Black Eyed Peas | Recipe Redux

Black Eyed Peas


Sometimes things happen and you just think…that was weird.  Here is my weird story. But first, let me tell you that this month’s Recipe Redux theme is

Good Luck Foods: What will you be serving to get the New Year started with a little luck? Be it black eyed peas and greens, Chinese noodles or even a special family recipe you serve on New Year’s Eve or Day. Please share your good luck dish to start off 2014 in a healthy way.

Now here’s a topic that I have to admit, I’ve got nothin’.  So here are the bizarre circumstances that lead me to choose  black eyed peas as my ‘good luck food’. You see, I have never  made  black eyed peas in my entire life! And my husband goes grocery shopping almost as often as I make black eyed peas. Yeah, I know he’s great! So a few days after the theme for the Recipe Redux was posted (which I had not discussed with him) he calls from work and says he’s stopping at the grocery store and asks do I need anthing. Yes, I always need something from the market!  So I read him a short list: boneless skinless chicken breasts, artichoke hearts, carton of milk. Later, while I am helping put away groceries, I reach into a bag and pull out, yes, a bag of frozen black eyed peas. I look at him. He looks back at me and says, “Yea, I thought you might cook ’em up?” I reply, “What?!! Are you psychic???”

Black eyed peas, I have come to find out, are both healthy and delicious. How’s that for good luck! The’re low in fat and sodium. Have zero cholesterol. Are high in potassium, fiber, iron and protein. Wow, that’s a great start to any recipe. And there are plenty of recipes on the internet made with black eyed peas including  these two popular recipes from the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond: black eyed pea dip to serve with chips  and the rice and bean dish common to Africa and the Caribbean Islands know as Hoppin’ John. But I decided on a  simple side dish that would be consistent with the  good nutrition already offered by these legumes. Because we like Italian foods  I prepared them with a Mediterranean flair for good health,  good taste, and yes, good luck! Remember to check out the bottom of this post to see what my colleagues are cooking up  for good luck in 2014! Happy New Year!!!

What  foods do you assoicate with New Year’s and good luck?

Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas

Good Luck Black Eyed Peas

by Diane Boyd


  • 16 oz frozen black eyed peas
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 small red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespooons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsely


Prepare  frozen black eyed peas according to package directions.  Place cooked peas in a medium bowl with salt, onion, celery, and red pepper.

Meanwhile in small sauce pan, heat cider vinegar and dissolve sugar and salt. Remove from heat and add basil, garlic, and pepper and olive oil.  Mix to combine. Pour over peas and serve immediately. Serves 6

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Say ‘Aah’ to Exercise with ‘The Voice’ Inspired Playlist

Who has time for exercise in December when we barely have enough time to get all the  entertaining, shopping, decorating and cooking done?  Yet, it’s the time of year we can certainly benefit from a healthy dose of physical activity for its stress relieving properties (in case you might be feelin’ a little about now)! Exercise also  helps with  sleep (something I welcome when hectic schedules and stress kick in), and can be a reminder to stay on track with healthy eating (cause ’tis the season when good eating habits take a nose dive.)

But your already overscheduled, right? Yea, I know, I get it!!!  For time savings during the holidays (or any days), integrate activity into your everyday life. Here are some simple ideas: take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk during your lunch break,  walk while on  your cell phone, park a little further way from work, school or shopping and walk an extra 15 minutes; or walk your dog.  The last example works best for me. I have found nothing better than Brody, the brown nosed retriever, to help keep me accountable to daily exercise, even when I’m crunched for time.

Say 'Aah' to Exercise with 'The Voice' Inspired Playlist

So instead of waiting until January to get motivated to exercise, do  it now! If you need a little extra incentive, make a new playlist to accompany your exercise or use mine, inspired from this season of the voice:

‘The Voice’ Inspired Playlist

No Woman No Cry, Bob Marley 7:09

Wagon Wheel, Darius Rucker, 5:47

Let her Go, Passenger, 4:15

When I Was Your Man, Bruno Mars 3:58

Nothin’ on You,  Bruno Mars, 4:15

More Than a Feeling, Boston, 4:46

Unconditionally, Katy Perry, 3:57

I’m not Ready to Make Nice, Dixie Chicks, 3:49

Done, The Band Perry, 3:40

Shameless, Garth Brooks, 4:34

Carry On, Fun, 5:45

Not Over You, Gavin DeGraw 3:37

Rich Girl, All and Oates, 2:24

When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge, 2:52

Sharp Dressed Man, ZZ Top 4:31

Angel, Sarah McLachlan, 5:35


How do you integrate exercise into your daily life?

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