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New year, new resolutions. Black-eye peas are traditional New Year’s dish for some people and a healthy way to start the year.

Did You Know?

Black-eye peas are available all year long! Black-eye peas are a good source of Vitamin A and Folate! Black-eye peas also contain high levels of protein.

FUN FACT! Tradition Says to eat black-eye peas on New Year’s Day to bring good luck!

What am I Looking For?

  • Look for peas with bright pods that are firm and plump.
  • Dried peas shouldn’t be kept for more than a year.
  • Wash peas well before use.
  • Avoid peas with tough pods or pods that are flimsy.

Quick and Healthy Black-Eyed Peas

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices turkey bacon (chopped)
  • 5 ½ cups black-eyed peas, frozen (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Directions:

  1. Place a pot over medium high heat and cook bacon for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to simmer and allow to cook until the peas are tender, about 30 minutes.
  4. Serve hot.

Corn Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup non-fat milk

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Grease 8- or 9-inch square pan.
  2. Measure corn meal, flour, sugar, and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine ingredients.
  3. Crack egg into a small bowl and beat with a fork to combine white and yolk.
  4. Add egg, oil, and milk to flour mixture. Mix until ingredients are well blended.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake 20 – 25 minutes, until firm to touch or wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Create -a- Flavor Changes:

Buttermilk Corn Bread: Use only 2 teaspoons baking powder and add ¼ teaspoon baking soda. Substitute 1 cup buttermilk for skim milk.

Whole Wheat Corn Bread: Use ½ cup all-purpose flour and ½ cup whole wheat flour.

Corny Corn Bread: Add 1 cup kernels (fresh, frozen, or canned, well drained) with the milk

Cheesy Corn Bread: Add ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese with the milk.

Chili Cheese Corn Bread: Add ½ teaspoon chili powder to the flour mixture. Drain one 4 ounce can chopped green chilies. Add chilies and ¼ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese with the milk.

Blueberry Corn Bread: Fold 1 cup blueberries (fresh, frozen, or canned well drained) into the batter.

Corn Bread Muffins: Pour batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

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