A southern tradition for the New Year is enjoying Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Greens. The black-eyed peas are known to bring good luck and the collard greens ensure financial security in the New Year.

Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Greens

Yields: 8 – 10 servings
Serving size. 3/4 cup


2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Garlic clove, minced
8 cups Collard greens, chopped
1 cup Red bell peppers, diced
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) Black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup Lemon juice
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute.
  3. Add collard greens, red peppers, and cayenne; cook and stir 6-8 minutes or until greens are tender.
  4. Add black-eyed peas and lemon juice; heat through. Sprinkle servings with cheese.

Nutrition Facts. Yields: 8 – 10 servings. Analysis per 3/4 cup serving: Calories (kcal) 134; Protein (g) 7; Carbohydrates (g) 18; Total Dietary Fiber (g) 5; Total Sugars (g) 0; Added Sugar (g) 0; Fat (g) 4; Saturated Fat (g) 1; Cholesterol (mg) 1; Calcium (mg) 110; Potassium (mg) 304; Sodium (mg) 346

Meal Planning

1 Egg to Order
1/2 Bagel
1/2 cup Strawberries
1 cup Skim or Soy Milk
Coffee, Tea, Water

3/4 cup Vegetable Soup
Curry Tuna
3 oz Tuna (Water Packed)
Dash Curry Powder
1 Tbsp Mayonnaise, reduced-calorie
Spinach Leaves, Sliced Tomato
1 sl Whole Grain Bread
Water/Unsweetened Beverage

2 oz Roast Beef
3/4 cup Collard Greens & Black-Eyed Peas
1/3 cup Seasoned Wild Rice
Water/Unsweetened Beverage

Plan Snacks throughout the day. Add an endless salad to any meal or snack.
The Fat-free Vinaigrettes are free to consume.
4 oz Wine
1 Apple, sliced
3/4 oz Cheese

Daily Nutrition Facts: Calories (kcal) 1242; Protein (g) 80; Carbohydrates (g) 136; Total Dietary Fiber (g) 18; Total Sugars (g) 49; Added Sugar (g) 5; Fat (g) 34; Saturated Fat (g) 11; Cholesterol (mg) 311; Calcium (mg) 849; Potassium (mg) 2328; Sodium (mg) 2100

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