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Eating black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Years day is a fun tradition for good luck and prosperity at our house!Â We eat them every year.
Thereâs evidence that people ate black-eyed peas for luck as early as 500 A.D. as a part of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
According to legendary Southern food researcher, John Egerton, black-eyed peas are associated with a âmystical and mythical power to bring good luck.â As for collard greens, theyâre green like money and meant to represent a financially prosperous new year. If you serve peas with cornbread, it represents gold, and if they are stewed with tomatoes, it symbolizes wealth and health.
And who doesn’t want all that?
Some more than others.Â Although we donât endorse this practice, some people will even put a penny or a dime inside the pot of peas. Whoever is âluckyâ enough to receive the coin will have the most luck for the rest of the year.
Thankfully, we don’t have to rely on luck!
To be clear, our family celebrates this tradition of eating black-eyed peas and collard greens in a fun way that represents a culture, not because we are trying toÂ induce supernatural powers to change our fortune.
The God we worship cannot be manipulated by four-leafed clovers, a rabbit’s foot or a bowl of beans and greens with a side of cornbread.
The reality is that none of us are secure in this world except in Christ. Nothing is certain. We arenât guaranteed our next meal. We arenât even guaranteed our next heartbeat. Even when we feel secure, we are incredibly fragile and completely dependent on the Lord for every breath.
We can know God is good, and so are His plans for our future.Â God uses His word to encourage our hearts.Â Â Here are three promises in scriptures we hope you’ll stand on today, in the New Year, and always.
Jeremiah 29:11 New International VersionÂ
For I know the plans I have for you,â declares the Lord, âplans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Psalm 32:8 New International Version
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Joshua 1:8 New International Version
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Now that we are clear on the best way to secure our futures, we also invite you to join us in eating black-eyed peas and collard greens not only on New Years Day, but year round.
Beans and greens make a super simple, nourishing and satisfying dish, and are a great, regular addition to a whole food, plant-based lifestyle.Â We also enjoy these combinations;Â navy beans and mustard greens, pinto beans and turnip greens, and cannellini beans and kale. You can mix or match or try other combinations.Â Remember variety is the key to good health.
Black-eyed Peas & Collard Greens
2 cups black-eyed peas – soaked overnight
6 cups vegetable broth
1 bunch collard greens
salt, pepper, cumin, and red pepper flakes to taste
Cover and boil 45 minutes over medium heat.
Eat as is, top with salsa or stewed tomatoes, or enjoy over whole grain brown rice.
To health and wholeness in body, soul and spirit.