Coconut Black-Eyed Peas For New Year’s Day
It is a Southern U.S. tradition to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day because they are said to bring good luck in the new year. And who doesn’t want good luck? Some sources suggest that this tradition began in the South during the Civil War. Union soldiers raided food stores but left the black-eyed peas untouched because they were usually fed to cattle. Fortunately for confederate soldiers, the black-eyed peas provided a food source during the cold winter. After that, they were considered lucky, and eating them on New Year’s Day became the perfect way to start the new year.
Nutritious Black-Eyed Peas
The best luck from these little peas (which are actually beans and not peas) might come from their nutrients, which are great for your health–especially heart health. Black-eyed peas contain phytosterols, which can reduce cholesterol and inflammation. They are also full of fiber and protein and contain many micronutrients such as folate, copper, and iron.
Use Coconut Milk from a Can
Use unsweetened coconut milk from a can instead of from a carton. Canned milk is more concentrated and has less water than carton milk. Also, use whole coconut milk instead of light milk for the best flavor. You can use any brand of coconut milk that you like. (Here is a link to one brand.) You can usually find coconut milk in the international foods section at the grocery store.
Preparing Coconut Black-Eyed Peas
This Coconut Black-Eyed Peas recipe differs from traditional Southern peas because it adds coconut milk and spices and does not use any ham for flavoring. It also uses frozen peas rather than canned or dry. The advantages of frozen peas are that they taste fresher than canned peas and have a much shorter cooking time than dried peas.
Try Pineapple Salsa with Coconut Black-Eyed Peas
Other Recipes You Might Like
Click on each name below to link to other recipes for luck and prosperity in the new year.
- Pork Tenderloin Crostini
- Texas Caviar (with black-eyed peas)
- Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls
- Spinach Balls
- Carnitas Tacos
- Baby Back Pork Ribs
- Cream Cheese Sausage Balls
- Boston Butt Pork Barbecue
- Granny Smith Apple Salad
- Sweet Skillet Cornbread
- Pineapple Salsa