New Year’s Day Southern Style

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Southerners know what’s for dinner on New Years Day. Legend has it the eating of this meal guarantees the new year will bring luck and money. While I’m not sure about all that, I do know this dish is tasty and good for you.

My choice of entree is ham (pork-for luck). Side items include collard greens (your greenbacks) and black-eyed peas (as in keep the change). Collards are a “super food” and a good source of vitamin A, C, calcium and fiber. Black-eyed peas (actually a bean) serve up multiple health benefits as well. Just 1/2 cup of dry peas cooked provide 5.6 grams of fiber and 239 mg of potassium. Fiber and potassium help lower your risk of heart disease and help keep your blood pressure levels at healthy numbers. Potassium also supports the health of your muscles and bones.

I admit I haven’t enjoyed these wonderful foods since last New Years day. After enjoying them again today I’ve resolved to include these super foods in our diet more often than just once a year. Here’s my recipe for collards that is a crowd pleaser that even prior haters of greens will love.

16 oz pre-washed collard greens
ham hock or remnants from Christmas ham
32 oz natural chicken broth
1 tbsp Cider vinegar
1/8 tsp hot pepper flakes
2 tsp stevia
salt to taste

Bring ingredients to a boil in large pan. Cover and reduce to medium low heat and cook until greens are tender. We top our greens with a dose of vinegar and some fresh cut onions. Yummy, good for you and low-calorie (25 calories for 2 cups)

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