Good Health & Good Luck in 2020

There are tons of healthy fruits and vegetables, but I can’t think of a better, healthier vegetable to talk about as the New Year approaches than the lowly black-eyed pea!  Too many times this poor guy is overlooked  – unless, of course, it’s right before the New Year.

As the story goes, black-eyed peas are a “must” to eat on New Year’s Day to bring you good luck and prosperity in the upcoming year.  But in this case, you get a double good whammy!  While they allegedly bring you good luck for the New Year, it’s a fact that these little guys will also bring you good health.

Beans in general are healthy and high in fiber.  Black-eyed peas are no exception.  Black-eyed peas are legumes and a variety of cowpeas.  They are part of the family of peas and beans.

Chocked full of zinc, copper, manganese, folate, iron and magnesium, they also pack a potassium punch.  Potassium promotes good heart health.  These tiny beans can help improve blood pressure, reduce inflammation and decrease blood lipid levels.

They are also low in saturated fat and are packed with soluble fiber to aid in digestion.  They are a perfect side dish (but be aware they do contain carbs).

The recipe below makes an EZ cold side dish (no cooking needed) and can be doubled or tripled to take to picnics or serve on a buffet.  This dish has also been a favorite at potluck dinners.

I’m not superstitious, but at this point in my life I ask myself, “why take chances?”  So I always make the black-eyed pea side dish recipe below on New Year’s day (in addition to making it throughout the year).

BLACK-EYED PEA CHILLED SALAD:

15.5 OZ. can of black-eyed peas (drained and thoroughly rinsed)

½ cup of warm water

2 tablespoons of sugar

¼ cup red wine vinegar

1 ½ tablespoons of chopped red onion

¼ teaspoon of dill weed

¼ teaspoon of basil

½ teaspoon of black pepper

3 tablespoons of diced green pepper (or a mix of diced red and green pepper)

2 to 3 tablespoons of diced tomatoes

Optional:  2 to 3 tablespoons of shredded carrots or corn.

Put the black-eyed peas in a bowl.  In a separate cup or small bowl, stir the sugar into warm water until it dissolves, then pour it over the black-eyed peas.  Add all the remaining ingredients.  Mix thoroughly, cover and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

NOTE:  This is a base recipe.  If it’s too tart for your taste buds, add a little more sugar. If you don’t have fresh tomatoes, try a tablespoon or 2 of tomato salsa instead.  This recipe is all about making it to your own “liking”.

ENJOY!  GOOD HEALTH AND GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN 2020!

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