Many people, especially Southerners, usher in the new year by cooking black eyed peas and collard greens.
I’m not exactly sure where or when the tradition originated. Even my online research comes up pretty unclear. According to scienceblogs.com:
The latter explaination held true in my household growing up. The cooking of black eyed peas and collard greens represented blessings for a prosperous new year, not just financially but with health, business, family and whatever else your heart desired.
I have an friend who swears his good fortune comes from starting the year off with a prayer and a heeping bowl of collard greens and black eyed peas!
Collard greens and black eyed peas are really easy to make. Use seasonings to help bring out and enhance the flavor. Both dishes can be made super healthy by using water, olive oil & herbs or add a touch of southern flare by adding in savory ingredients like smoked meats, broths and seasoning salt. Below is how I usually prepare my collard greens and black eyed peas!