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Black-eyed Peas with Kale Offers a Super-Food Twist to New Year’s Day Celebrations
Author Stephanie Pedersen Sets an Abundant Table with the Addition of Kale to Traditional Holiday Fare, Offering Health, Wealth, and Happiness for Family and Friends
By: Stephanie Pedersen's High Impact Health
Author of the popular book, “KALE: The World’s Most Powerful Super Food,” recently published by Sterling Press, and mom to three growing boys, the rising star personality and food author can’t say enough good things about kale.
“Kale is a great healthy green you can substitute for other traditional greens such as collards or mustards on the New Year’s table,” says Pedersen.
Traditionally, black-eyed peas symbolize coinage, while greens suggest an increase in money. With kale, says Pedersen, an inspired cook can also offer family and friends the added bonuses of health and well-being to kick off the New Year.
“Super-foods like kale have a tremendous value because they are packed with the nutrients and antioxidants needed to balance the traditional New Year’s side dishes, like cornbread, which are laden with carbohydrates.”
When it comes to black-eyed peas, Pedersen recommends buying organic varieties, then rinsing thoroughly to remove dust or organic matter. Then, placing the peas in a slow cooker, she covers the cleaned and drained legumes with vegetable broth, 1 Tablespoon kosher salt, 1 tsp. Tabasco, black pepper to taste, and cooks covered on high for approximately four hours. The kale can be added directly to the peas about 10 minutes prior to serving, or lightly steamed and served as a side dish. For an added flair, a condiment bar might include preferred condiments such as finely chopped raw onion, sliced tomatoes, cilantro, pico de gallo, pepper relishes and sauces, she says.
“Plus, leftover black-eyed peas make a great hummus,” she says. “Add a pita, kale, toppings, and a good sesame tahini, and you’ve got a real super-foods twist for the New Year.”
If you want to learn more about Stephanie Pedersen and her super-foods expertise, visit www.stephaniepedersen.com, or to obtain a personal or gift copy of “Kale: The World’s Most Powerful Super Food,” visit http://www.highimpacthealth.com.
Page Updated Last on: Dec 31, 2015