Sunday, January 6, 2013

This week's menu

It's tradition in the new year to cook something with black-eyed peas as a symbol of good luck, and greens as a symbol of wealth and prosperity.  A recipe that many people make is Hoppin' John, a flavorful southern dish made with black-eyed peas, onion, carrot, green pepper, and seasonings such as thyme and bay leaf.  It can be eaten cold as a salad or warm right off the stove top.

This southern specialty has its roots in African cuisine, and this particular dish is descended from a Sweet Potato and Black-Eyed Pea Stew from Senegal.  It's incredibly easy to make, and despite the minimal ingredients, it's also surprisingly flavorful.  You can cook it in a pot on the stove, or simply start it in the morning in your slow cooker and have it ready for the end of the day.  It's the perfect way to welcome a happy and prosperous new year!

Pan-fried Tempeh with Cremini Mushroom Gravy, Wild Rice Pilaf, and Brussels Sprouts

Senegal Sweet Potato and Black-Eyed Pea Stew with Sauteed Kale

Baked Tofu with Dijon Glaze, Mashed Potatoes, and Stringbeans Amandine

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