Create your own good fortune for the New Year’s by cooking collards, a sweet potato, and black-eyed peas all in one pot. It costs only $2.14 per serving using organic ingredients!
How does it work? Black-eyed peas surround a halved sweet potato at the bottom of a pot. After awhile, collards join in, kept above the bubbling in a steamer. See the recipe and tips below for this lucky vegan, gluten-free, and low-fat feast. Because it takes only 30 minutes of active time, it’s perfect for a week-night dinner too.
If you are cooking for four, double the recipe and use a bigger pot. It will just take a few minutes more chopping time.
Why lucky? Here in the South, we know that eating lots of greens on New Year’s Day will bring us more folding money and eating black-eyed peas will mean more coins. (Tradition has no recipe for gift cards.) By skipping the fatback and cheese, you’ll save money at the grocery store and minimize your risk of paying for medical care.
This is one of my most popular recipes, now updated to include cost and nutritional information. It also calls for a red onion instead of a yellow one for more powerful phytonutrients. If you haven’t cooked dried peas or beans before, check out my How to Cook Dried Beans master recipe and video.