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Lucky Black Eyed Pea Soup for the New Year

by Beaming with Health on January 3, 2014

photo-17There is a Southern tradition of eating black eyed peas in the new year for good luck. I always remember eating my peas with ham in them. So I picked up a ham hock from my favorite pork company at the farmer’s market and developed this easy recipe. Ideally you want to soak any beans before cooking them; however, black eyed peas do not technically need to be soaked if you are short on time. Happy New Year everyone! Lots of good luck and blessings to you all!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups soaked black eyed peas
  • 1 medium ham hock
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 3 handfulls of kale or collard greens
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Enough water to cover beans and ham hock
  • sea salt to taste (be careful because the ham may already be salty)
  • ground pepper

Add all ingredients to a large pot. Bring to a boil and maintain a gentle boil for about 30 minutes or until the ham hock is tender enough to slice up. Once the ham hock is cooked through and fork tender, remove it from the pot and slice the meat into bite sized chunks, removing the bone. Add the meat back to the soup, and simmer for another 20-30 minutes. Serve with your favorite gluten-free muffins. Enjoy!

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