Green New Year's Resolutions and Black Eyed Peas
Happy New Year! Maybe your New Year’s Resolution is to be more “green”? That’s great! You will find ideas here on just how to keep this resolution. Like any resolution, I encourage you to be realistic and not beat yourself up if you are not able to fully complete your resolution. Every little bit helps the planet and you! IF you need to start with baby steps, do that. IF you are taking it to the next level, that’s wonderful. IF you are doing a deep green dive, the earth thanks you!
I am a foodie and I believe that food can be medicine. It also connects me with my loved ones. Whether I am baking my grandmother’s cheese biscuits or making a dinner for my boyfriend, I choose as good of quality ingredients that fit in my budget, and I think about the person whose recipe I am using or for whom I am cooking.
I am vegetarian, well technically pescatarian….yes, I could do better and go vegan, but I am not fully there yet. Much of what I cook is vegan, such as the recipe that I will share here. Vegan would be better for my heart and better for the planet, and there are just certain things that are a comfort for me. So, on occasion, if I am sick, or if I am stressed, I might have something that I probably shouldn’t. My holistic doctor once told me that if I am craving something, my body must need it. Yep, I use an excuse to forgive myself. I suggest starting with one vegetarian or vegan meal a week….Meatless Mondays! IF you are interested in going vegan, this website is a great resource - https://veganuary.com/en-us/
I start the year off with a traditional food that my grandmother always ate on New Year’s Day, Black Eyed Peas. Southerners eat black eyed peas for luck and prosperity. I have read that when Union soldiers raided Confederate food stock, they left the black eyed peas because they considered the peas to be animal feed. Whenever you eat black eyed peas or whatever the reason, black eyed peas are nutritious and in my humble opinion, delicious. Black eyed peas are high in protein, fiber, iron, and potassium. Plus they are low in fat and contain no cholesterol. If you cook them from the fresh bean or the dried bean, they don’t need salt. IF you use canned beans of any kind, you need to watch the amount of sodium in each can. My favorite way to eat black eyed peas is in this salad:
Black Eyed Pea Salad
2 cups of fresh black-eyed peas
1 cup chopped red onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
2 cloves minced garlic
½ cup olive oil
2T apple cider vinegar
Cook the black eyed peas according to the package. Combine onions, celery, carrots and garlic. Add cooked peas and then the dressing.
May you have much luck and prosperity!