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Hoppin John-Southern Traditional Low Fat Recipe- Eating Healthy and Feeling Great
Leave it to Little Johnny
A teacher asked her class for sentences using the word "beans".
"My father grows beans," said one student.
"My father cooks beans," said another...
Then little Johnny stood up and shouted...
"We are all human beans."
Eating Healthy and Feeling Great
Healthy eating has always been such an important factor of staying fit and most importantly, feeling great. In our busy day to day lives we sometimes find ourselves eating on the run, grabbing a burger because it's fast, or just skipping meals altogether because we are simply too busy to eat, or even worse...forget to eat!
Legumes are the fruit or seeds from pod-bearing plants we more commonly know as "bean" and "peas." Some familiar types of beans are the kidney, pinto, navy, black, lima, garbonzo, and soy beans.
- contain high levels of complex carbohydrates, and are a good source of dietary fiber.
- provide iron, vitamin B, zinc, calcium, postassium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
- contain no cholesterol!
Hoppin' John ~ A Southern Traditional Dish
Throughout the coastal South, eating Hoppin' John on New Year's Day is thought to bring a prosperous year filled with luck. The peas are symbolic of pennies or coins, and a coin is sometimes added to the pot or left under the dinner bowls. Collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, chard, kale etc. along with this dish are supposed to also add to the wealth since they are the color of money. On the day after New Year's Day, leftover "Hoppin' John" is called "Skippin' Jenny," and further demonstrates one's frugality, bringing an even better chance of prosperity in the New Year, it is hoped.
The fat has been lowered in this delicious version.
Preparation and Cook Time
Recommended by RusticLiving
- 6 ounces Black-eyed peas, (dry)
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Vegetable oil
- 1 cup chopped onions Onions, (chopped)
- 2 cloves Garlic, (minced)
- 1-1/2 cups Water
- 1 cup Mustard cabbage, (chopped)
- ½ teaspoon Dried thyme
- 1 Bay leaf
- 2 cups Brown rice, (cooked)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Step by Step Instructions
- Place peas in a large bowl and add 3 to 4 cups of water and soak overnight.
- Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat.
- Add onions and garlic and sauté until onions are tender (about 10 minutes)
- Add small amounts of water if necessary, to prevent drying. Reduce heat to low.
- Rinse and drain peas. Add to sauce pan.
- Add 1-1/2 cups of water and remaining ingredients, except rice.
- Cover and simmer until peas and mustard cabbage are tender (30 minutes)
- Add rice. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove and discard bay leaf before serving.
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Nutritional Value "Hoppin' John's" (low in fat)
|Serving size: 1-1/2 Cups|
|Calories from Fat||36|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 4 g||6%|
|Carbohydrates 14 g||5%|
|Sugar 2 g|
|Fiber 6 g||24%|
|Protein 16 g||32%|
|Cholesterol 15 mg||5%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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About the Author
Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.
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