Luck and prosperity

Good Luck

Last nights dinner was a second attempt at black-eyed pea burgers. My first try about six months ago wasn’t so good, the beans were a little undercooked, and I had a hard time getting the burgers to stay together. I love black eyed-eyed peas and since they are supposed to bring good luck and prosperity if consumed on New Years day, I decided to give them another try. This time instead of using dried beand I found pre-cooked ones right next to the cabbage in the produce aisle.

Dried beans are cheaper to buy in bulk but require extra soaking time. Sometimes it’s better to spend a little more moula for added convinience. Cooking should be fun, easy, and doable for everyone. 

The pre-cooked beans were softer, didn’t require soaking, and took less time to cook. The consistency of these burgers were much better but still not as patty like, as I would have liked.

I want to share this recipe with you even thoug I plan on doing a little tweaking to it. Should you make these yummy burgers let me know how they came out.

Hoppin’ John Burgers


  • 1 package pre-cooked black-eyed peas
  • 3/4 cup of vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp flax meal
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • dash of salt and pepper


1. In a medium pot boil the black-eyed peas until tender, drain and allow to cool.

2. In a food processor or blender puree all the ingredients. Add more broth if needed.

3. Form into 1/2 cup patties.

4. Lighly coat a nonstick pan with cooking spray.

5. Cook the patties for about 7 minutes on each side.

A note about Hoppin’ John, black eyed peas and cabbage.

Hoppin’ John is a southern dish eaten on New Years Day, along with kale, mustard greens, cabbage etc. It’s thought to bring a year filled with luck and prosperity. The peas are symbolic of pennies, and the leafy green or cabbage symbolic of green money.

Black eyed peas are low in calories, high in fiber, and fat free. They are rich in potassium and zinc.

Cabbage in an excellent source of vitamin C, low in calories, and fat free. Cabbage has been known to have anti-inflammatory properties as well cell repair.

My sesame cabbage recipe is accompimant to any meal.

Sesame Cabbage


  • 1/2 head of green cabbage, chopped
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • dash salt and pepper
  • 1 tps sesame seeds


1. Saute cabbage until slightly tender.

2. Add the sesame oil, soy sauce, salt and pepper.

3. Sprinke with sesame seeds.

Good luck!


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