The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Quick & Easy Hopping John

This is a traditional New Year’s Day “good luck” meal. Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 c dry black eyed peas or 1 pkg frozen black eyed peas
  • 1 strip of bacon, cooked til crisp and crumbled
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 c hot, cooked rice
  • 1 Tbl red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbl chives, chopped
  • 2 Tbl parsley, chopped

Cook the beans, drain but reserve 1/4 c of the liquid, set aside. Add onion to same pan and saute over medium heat 1 minute in one Tbl of the reserved liquid. Add garlic clove and cook 3 minutes more.  Add peas, rice, vinegar and enough of the reserved liquid to make the mixture moist. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir in salt & pepper. Put into 4 serving bowls. Top each with a portion of the bacon, chives and parsley. Serve immediately. Feeds 4.

Cost:
dry peas – $1.00
bacon – $2.98/lb
yellow onions (3 lbs) – $0.99
garlic clove – $0.50/1 head
rice – $1.32
vinegar (small) – $0.92
herbs – $0.50
Total – $2.18

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December 31, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -vegetarian (*or almost*), HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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This is a very simple cold “dip”. Serve with crackers or tortilla chips.

What you’ll need:

1 (14 oz) can black eyed peas, drained
1 (15 oz) can white hominy or sweet corn, drained
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
4 green onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
1/2 c. (1 small to medium) yellow or purple onion, chopped (the purple is sweeter)
1/4 c. cilantro, chopped
1 c. picante sauce

Combine all in a large bowl and mix lightly. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Cost:
black eyed peas – $0.89
hominy – $0.54
tomato – $1.00
small onions – $1.50/bunch
garlic cloves – $1.12
bell pepper – $0.90
onion – $1.12
salsa – $1.59
Total – $8.54

November 19, 2009 Posted by | -party ideas, -vegetables, -vote for Foodista contest, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

New year’s day black eyed peas

Traditionally eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Day is thought to bring you good luck. My friend gave me this recipe a couple years ago and I was amazed by the delicious taste!

What you’ll need:

1 lb dry black eyed peas
2 c cooked ham, chopped
2 onions, diced
1 can whole tomatoes
1 pinch garlic powder
Salt & pepper to taste

Put peas in a large pot. Add enough water to fill the pot ¾ of the way full. Stir in ham, onions and seasonings. Put can of tomatoes in a blender or food processor and blend until the tomatoes are liquefied. Stir tomatoes into pot of peas. Bring to a boil. Cover pot and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 ½ – 3 hours or until peas are tender.

Cost:
black eyed peas – $0.89/bag
cooked ham – $2.12/lb
onion – $1.12
canned whole tomatoes – $1.19
Total – $4.20

December 30, 2008 Posted by | -pork, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MAIN DISHES | , , , , | Leave a comment