Greener BeeGreen Living11 Vegan Black-Eyed Pea Recipes for the New Year

Black-eyed peas and collard greens are traditional southern New Year’s Day foods, but you don’t need fatback to make delicious Hoppin’ John or other black-eyed pea recipes. Ring in the new year right with these flavorful vegan black-eyed pea recipes!

Why eat black-eyed peas?

Black-eyed peas have a rich history as a good luck food. Some folks say that you have a lucky day for every black-eyed pea that you eat on New Year’s Day, but there are other great reasons beyond tradition to enjoy black eyed peas.

Despite their name, black-eyed peas are actually beans — and like all beans, they’re packed with healthy fiber. They’re also a great, affordable source of plant-based protein. If you really want to save a buck, go for dried black-eyed peas. Like other beans, the dried variety go for a fraction of the price of canned.

Black-eyed peas are also packed with vitamin A, B vitamins and potassium. If you want the low-down on why these humble beans are so healthy, check out Shubhra Krishan’s article on the health benefits of black eyed peas.

Ring in the new year right with these flavorful vegan black eyed pea recipes!

In need of some inspiration for how to incorporate black-eyed peas into your diet? Look no further than these 11 vegan — and delicious! — recipes:

1. Vegan Hoppin’ John

Hoppin’ John is the traditional way to enjoy black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Year’s Day, and this simple, 4-ingredient recipe is perfect for the inevitably lazy morning following a New Year’s Eve party.

Mediterranean Black Eyed Pea Salad from HeartMath

2. Mediterranean black-eyed pea salad

This colorful salad is a great make-ahead recipe — especially if you don’t want to cook on New Year’s Day.

Hoppin' John Tofu Scramble from Dianne's Vegan Kitchen

3. Hoppin’ John tofu scramble 

Who says that you have to wait until dinner to enjoy some lucky peas and collards? Serve up this New Year’s Day scramble for breakfast or brunch.

Country Hash from Zsu Dever

4. Country hash

This is another breakfast-worthy vegan black-eyed pea recipe, starring plenty of hearty potatoes.

Southern Style Black Eyed Peas from Healthier Steps

5. Southern-style black-eyed peas

This deeply-seasoned bowl of goodness is total comfort food. If you want to keep things traditional, serve with a side of collard greens!

Hoppin John Burgers from Dianne Wenz

6. Hoppin’ John burgers

If a bowl of beans and greens isn’t your ideal dish, try this hearty spin on the traditional Hoppin’ John. The homemade, spicy aioli really makes this sandwich special.

Sweet Potato Black Eyed Pea Soup from Vegan 8

7. Smoky sweet potato black-eyed pea soup

This is a total meal in a bowl, and it’s so healthy! This soup is oil-free, low-fat and all made in a single pot with only eight ingredients.

Black Eyed Peas and Corn Salad from Veggies Save the Day

8. Black-eyed peas and corn salad

This is a flavorful, crunchy salad option. The recipe stars sliced, green olives and sweet corn to contrast with the earthy flavor of black-eyed peas.

Black Eyed Peas with Power Greens from Veggie Inspired Journey

9. Black-eyed pea salad with baby power greens

Forget the collards this year, and serve up your black-eyed peas over mixed greens instead!

Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas from Vegan in the Freezer

10. Slow cooker black-eyed peas

Cook these babies up overnight, or start them in the morning, so you’ll have them ready in time for supper.

Smoky Cajun Black Eyed Peas Pasta from Veggie Inspired Journey

11. Smoky Cajun black-eyed pea pasta

This is another fun and non-traditional take on lucky black-eyed peas. They add texture and protein to this rich tomato sauce.

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