Recipe of the Month - January 2013

Black-Eyed Pea Spread

WAC Fun Food Fact
In the South, black-eyed peas are thought to bring good luck. For this reason, people traditionally eat them on New Year’s Day, hoping to set the tone for the year ahead.

This practice is generally believed to date back to the Civil War. Black-eyed peas were planted to feed livestock, and later they were a staple for feeding the slaves. Sherman and his troops ignored the lowly bean crop as they destroyed or stole other crops ­– leaving this nutritious food for the surviving Confederates.

They certainly are nutritious, providing a good vegetarian, low fat source of protein as well as a good dose of fiber. As for bringing good luck, a healthy person is a lucky person, right?

  • 1 15-ounce can black-eyed peas, rinsed, or 1 ½ cups cooked black-eyed peas
  • ¼ cup tightly packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped garlic (1 large clove)
  • ½ teaspoon dried tarragon
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Salt, to taste


Reserve a few black-eyed peas for garnish and place the remaining peas in a food processor, along with parsley, lemon juice, garlic, tarragon and pepper. Process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding salt if desired. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the reserved peas.

Nutritional Information:

Per 2 tablespoon serving: 52 calories, 4g fat (0g sat), 4g carb, 2g protein, 2g fiber, 92mg sodium

From: Eating Well