Friday, January 4, 2019

Greens and Beans and New Year's Good Luck!

Missy Tippens

How many of you eat greens and black eyed peas for good luck on New Year's Day? My family always did that while I was growing up, so I usually try to do the same to keep up that tradition.

Okay, so this year I admit we went out to eat on January 1st! I was too lazy to cook. haha However, we did eat our good luck meal on the 2nd.

First, I sautéed some green and red peppers and chopped up leftover HoneyBaked ham. (I would have used onions but we have a family member who can't eat them.)

Then I dumped in a bag of frozen field peas and a bag of frozen collards. And followed up with about 3/4 of a box of chicken broth.

I simmered them until hubby got home, which ended up being about an hour. It takes at least 30 minutes for the peas to get tender.

It made a nice soup! You could also thicken it up and make it more like a stew, but I didn't want to add calories. I also served these new grapes I recently discovered. They really do taste like cotton candy to my daughter and me! (Hubby didn't agree.) However, once you eat a few, you don't really notice any more--and I decided I like regular grapes better. Still, it was fun for something different!

I also wanted to share these gorgeous chocolates my daughter-in-law got me! She bought them at a store in downtown Duluth, Georgia, called The Chocolaterie. They make them there. Almost too pretty to eat!! ALMOST. Because the box is nearly empty now. ;)


  1. Happy Friday, Missy!

    The greens and black-eyed peas tradition is definitely a southern thing! I didn't grow up with it, and we didn't adopt in when we lived in the more southern states.

    But those frozen greens! I use them in all kinds of things. They're so easy to saute, or add to soups and stews. That's my kind of convenience food. :-)

    The chocolates - do they taste as good as they look?

    1. Jan, the chocolates are sooo good!! And all different flavors. So yummy!

  2. Missy, growing up a Michigander like Jan, I didn't even know what a black eyed pea was until I moved to Texas. Still, most of my in-laws who are Texas born and bred, don't adhere to the Hoppin' John on New Year's much either, so I rarely even think about it.

    As for the chocolates... YUM!

    1. Mindy, my dad loved hoppin' John! He used to make that year round. :)