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Hoppin John-Southern Traditional Low Fat Recipe- Eating Healthy and Feeling Great

Updated on December 3, 2012

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!

Lovely Legumes

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

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Makes 4 servings (approximately 1-1/2 Cups each)


  • 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

  1. Place peas in a large bowl and add 3 to 4 cups of water and soak overnight.
  2. Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat.
  3. Add onions and garlic and sauté until onions are tender (about 10 minutes)
  4. Add small amounts of water if necessary, to prevent drying. Reduce heat to low.
  5. Rinse and drain peas. Add to sauce pan.
  6. Add 1-1/2 cups of water and remaining ingredients, except rice.
  7. Cover and simmer until peas and mustard cabbage are tender (30 minutes)
  8. Add rice. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  9. Remove and discard bay leaf before serving.

How would you rate this recipe?

4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Hoppin' John's Bean and Rice Dish

Nutritional Value "Hoppin' John's" (low in fat)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1-1/2 Cups
Calories 267
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Carbohydrates 14 g5%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 6 g24%
Protein 16 g32%
Cholesterol 15 mg5%
* 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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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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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      lol.. how cute.. I love that Lela! ♥

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      One of my very favorite things to eat. We call it 'Texas Caviar'!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      I will try that - hadn't really thought about that actually, great idea!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Jools, I wasn't either. What I did for myself is that I would start off by making a mixture of 3 to 1 (3 parts white rice to 1 part brown rice) just to incorporate the brown rice into my diet. Eventually I would cook more parts brown and less white until I was eating brown altogether. It worked for me. Some people just can't tolerate the brown at all because of the texture difference, so I always recommend the 3-1 ratio. That way, you at least get a little more fiber and grain in your diet. ♥

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Lisa, I am not usually a fan of brown rice (even though I know it's better for me - it just takes yonks to cook it!) but I think if I had all of these other lovely ingredients with it, I would probably enjoy it.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Oh miss Debbie, I love red beans and rice as well. A little cajun pepper and some blackened chicken and I am one happy girl! :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love beans all kind of beans.. great hub..I love red beans and rice is my favorite.


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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I do too vocalcoach! I could eat bean soup all the time! Thanks so much for your compliment! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I know Linda.. I always tend to read wonderful hubs with yummy recipes when I'm the hungriest. LOL Thanks so much for your comment! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I should not be reading this while I'm hungry, but I did and I'm glad...the dish looks yummy, but I won't cook it now since it's time for sleep:) Little Johnny and human beans...too cute!:)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I love legumes! Your recipe for Hoppin John sound so good. I hope to try it out soon. Beautifully done. Thank you so much.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Kelley! I'm glad you really like it. I believe I we already talked on FB regarding the software so won't repeat myself here. If you have any other questions regarding the software, feel free to contact me. Much Hugs! :)

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      What a beautiful recipe design. I love your digital creations. What software program do you use? I'm getting ready to buy one but I want to know what you use first. Voted up! Kelley

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Ruchira, thank you for such a wonderful comment! I know you will love these! You're awesome! :)

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Your recipe hub looks so pretty with all the blocks.

      Needless to say the receipe looks delicious. Being a vegetarian, I eat legumes a lot to get my protein. Will give the above a try!

      Thanks Lisa!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Pamela! I've eaten Hoppin John before, but never knew it's tradition. I suppose not living in the South would be the reason.. but hey, I'm all for tradition, so I think I'll be servin' it up on New Year's Eve this year! :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I am going to try your recipe for Hoppin John. I have eaten it many years ago, but never made it. I like to eat healthy and one of the good thing about legumes is you are full when you finish, unlike some other types of health foods. Interesting and useful hub. Thanks.