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Hoppin’ Black-Eyed Peas and Collards

Hoppin’ Black-Eyed Peas and Collards

Hoppin’ John is a classic good-luck dish for New Year’s in the American South, since black-eyed peas are symbols of abundance, and collards are reminiscent of banknotes. This simple, lighter version of the traditional dish will certainly give you good health in the New Year.


1 cup dried black-eyed peas
3 cups water
3 to 4 cups vegetable broth
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 bunch collard greens
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

1. Soak dried peas in 3 cups water for 6 hours or overnight. Drain, rinse, and sort to remove any discolored peas.

2. In a large saucepan, place the peas with broth and garlic. Cover partially and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer. Cover and cook, removing foam that rises to the surface, for around an hour, until the peas are tender.

3. Meanwhile, remove central ribs from collards, then stack the leaves, roll them like cigars, and cut in to 1/2-inch bundles.

4. When peas are tender, add greens and salt to taste. Continue to simmer 6 to 8 minutes, until collards are tender but still bright green.

5. Taste to adjust seasoning, adding salt if necessary, and also adding freshly-ground black pepper, and serve hot.

Serves 4.

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Inspired by The Balanced Plate, by Renee Loux (Rodale Press, 2006).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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5:01AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

i now have both cooked. i was thinking of combining. thanks for giving me the incentive to do it!

1:24PM PST on Nov 26, 2012


8:09AM PST on Nov 26, 2012

Looks very good. Thank you.I'm going to try this. It would be quicker with tinned black eyes.

7:49AM PST on Nov 26, 2012


7:31AM PST on Nov 26, 2012

Love collard greens.

1:51AM PST on Nov 26, 2012


6:07AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Yummy!! That sounds delicious--thanks for the recipe!!

5:59AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Looking forward to trying this. Thank you, Annie. :)

4:44AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Oh my, now I want greens and beans! Guess I know what my family will be eating this weekend!

3:55AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Interesting American recipe, thanks!

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