Vegan Good Luck (and Good Health) for the New Year

Here’s a great way to start the new year off. Although it’s usually with a toast of champagne at midnight, why not add a southern tradition with a vegan twist – Hoppin’ John. A dish thought to bring good luck for the new year, this dish traditionally has smoked ham hocks or bacon added to it. Use tempeh bacon and add kale to keep it low in fat and high in nutrients. This version is rich in folate, vitamin A and fiber. I’ll toast to that!


Vegan Hoppin’ John

1 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 onion chopped

2 celery stalks chopped

1/2 red pepper chopped

4 cloves garlic minced

4 sliced tempeh bacon, chopped

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp smoked paprika

fresh ground pepper

1 can diced tomatoes

2 cans organic black eyed peas, rinsed

2 cups vegetable broth

1 cup rice

3 cups chopped kale

Saute onion, celery and pepper in oil in large heavy sauté pan until soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and tempeh bacon and stir for 1 minute. Add spices and stir another minute. De-glase with juice from tomatoes, then add tomatoes and peas. Add vegetable broth, stir and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add rice and stir. Cover pot and simmer for 15 minutes. Add kale and cook another 5 minutes or so, until rice is done. Serve with pickled jalapeno.