01 Jan '17, 6pm
Veganized Hoppin’ John Recipe: Hop on the Lucky Train (and Don’t Gain Weight!) this New Year’s Day https://t.co/tR9HnGiUB0
Hoppin’ John is a classic southern staple, a smoky black-eyed peas, and rice dish. Eating Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day is believed to bring luck in the coming year. The peas in the dish represent coins, and Hoppin’ John is traditionally eaten aside collard greens (representing money) and cornbread (representing gold). If you’re superstitious like me, you’re probably halfway to the grocery store all ready to pick up the ingredients. But before you tag onto any old Hoppin’ John recipe, keep in mind that while it is indeed based in peas and rice, it often involves bacon, ham hock, fatback, or sausage. The following version nixes the saturated animal-sourced fat and sticks to the plant-based basics: black-eyed peas, rice, onion, and spices. Your luck just got oh-so-much better!