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Hoppin' John recipe [vegan]

I just made this using a pressure cooker to cook the black-eyed peas (less 
than 7 minutes without soaking the beans). The whole dish takes just under 
an hour to prepare if you take the time to caramelize the onions. Here is 
my offering for the New Year--and a really healthy one to boot!


                           Hoppin' John [vegan]
Eat a bite at the midnight on December 31st for luck in the coming New 

Recipe By     : Traditional U.S. Southern New Year's Dish
Serving Size  : 8

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
   1      pound         black-eyed peas -- dry
   7      cups          water
   2      cups          onions -- coarse chop
   8                    garlic cloves
   1      cup           carrots -- sliced
   1      cup           celery -- diced
     1/4  teaspoon      cayenne pepper -- or more to taste
   3      tablespoons   balsamic vinegar
   1      teaspoon      salt -- or to taste
   2                    tomatoes
   3                    scallions

Soak the beans overnight (or at least 4 hours). Drain the soaking water,
and cover with fresh water. Cook the beans until tender (about 30 min to
an hour.) If using a pressure cooker, rinse the peas and cook at full 
to 5-7 minutes.

In a separate pot, steam "saute" the onions until caramelized, adding a
little water and stirring at regular intervals until they are cooked down
by about 60%. This takes about 30 minutes.

Add the chopped celery and carrots to the onions, cook until tender. Then,
add the cooked black-eyed peas, cayenne pepper, salt, and vinegar, adding
the water the beans were cooked in so the consistency is that of a sauce
or very thick soup. Cook an additional 5 minutes or so. Serve over rice.

Top with chopped scallion and diced tomatoes. Pass the hot sauce for even 
more heat!
       kcal per serving: 220.9
       fat: 1.0g
       sat. fat: .2g
       cholesterol:  0
       carbohydrate: 40.9g
       dietary fiber: 7.8g
       protein: 14.5g
       sodium: 453mg

       Percentages based on a 2000 kcal daily diet:
       A: 83%
       C: 22%
       Calcium: 11%
       Iron: 29%

note: The addition of red/yellow/and green bell pepper when adding the
carrots and celery would be good too.