A Bit Of Recovery

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If your holiday season was jam packed like mine and full of traditional food and treats, the beginning of 2017 will be all about cleansing and getting back into routine. Growing up in New Orleans, my family always ate black eyed peas and cabbage on New Year’s Day for luck and financial prosperity in the new year. I decided to stick with tradition which is great for both my budget and cleansing with simple foods. Of course cabbage can be cooked a variety of ways, but I kept it simple with the ingredients to keep cabbage as the star. Check out my the recipe below and I wish everyone luck and prosperity in the new year and its adventures.

Ingredients:
1 head of cabbage (2-3 lbs)
4 slices of thick bacon (approx. 1/4 lb)
1 1/2 cups of diced yellow onion
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. sugar
3 cups of water
1 tbsp. sea salt
1 tbsp. coarse black pepper
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp. cayenne pepper

Directions:
1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat and add bacon. Flip after 3-4 minutes and then reduce to medium heat .
2. Peel and dice the onion while bacon cooks.
3. Remove bacon and place on a paper towel and add onion to the bacon drippings in the pot. Stir and add 1/2 cup of water to prevent sticking.
4. Break off darker large leaves if attached, rinse and slice the larger leaves into thirds and stack them before slicing them into strips. Add to pot and stir.
5. Rinse the remaining head of cabbage, cut off rough end and cut in half. Remove the core from each half by slicing in a “v” around the core for easy removal.
6. Cut each half into large chunks, then a large dice like you would an onion. Add to the pot and stir.
7. Chop bacon into large pieces and add to the pot.
8. After 15 minutes, add vinegar, sugar, and seasonings. Stir well and cook for 15-20 minutes. If serving with rice, start rice and set the timer for both.
9. Serve and enjoy.

A Bit Of Alteration

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While red beans and rice are a more popular go-to meal, sometimes it’s good to change things up. Field peas, like red beans, are a great source of fiber and other nutrients and make a great option for a change or an inexpensive bean meal during the week. I added oven fried chicken with a Shake n’ Bake since red beans are often eaten with fried chicken in the south. You can always add fresh herbs and spices to the mix to make it your own. This is the meal that is great to have going while your doing other things around the house as it is no fuss. I hope you give it a try.
Field Peas and oven fried chicken

1 lb dry field peas
1 lb smoked sausage
8 oz fresh or frozen green beans
10 cups of water
2 cups chopped onion
2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tbsp. sea salt
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 tbsp. garlic powder

Rice:
1 cup of Rice
2 cups of water
Oven fried chicken
2 drumsticks
2 wings
1 pack of shake n bake (box comes with 2)
2 tsp. fresh rosemary
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. coarse black pepper

Directions:
1. Empty peas into a bowl and rinse under cool water. Remove any debris.
2. Put a large pot on the stove over medium heat. While the pot heats, peel and chop a large onion and add it to the pot.
3. Once the onions began to sizzle, strain peas and add them to the pot.
4. Add the water and seasonings, cover and bring to a boil. Stir the pot then cover and reduce heat to medium-low.
5. Let cook for an hour. Within the last 10 minutes of the cooking, preheat the oven to the temp on the shake and bake box. Add seasoning and herbs to shake and bake mix in the included bag and coat chicken one piece at a time before placing on a foil-lined sheet pan.
6. Place chicken in the oven and add green beans to the pot and let both cook for 20 minutes.
7. Rinse and cook a cup of rice in two cups of water. Bring to a boil then reduce to low heat and cover.
8. When the timer goes off, turn off the heat from the stove, remove chicken from the oven, plate and enjoy.