I definitely wanted to share a picture of our New Year's Day meal of vegan Hoppin' John. This is a Southern tradition that I was vaguely aware of and that Simon had never heard of. Well, now that we live in Memphis, we need our black eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's.
Luckily, Julie Christensen of Protective Diet came out with a great version of this recipe that is whole foods vegan and made in a pressure cooker, so just brown some onions & garlic straight in the pressure cooker, hit it with broth to release all of that brown caramelized onion goodness, load in the rest of the ingredients and it cooks up a beautiful meal while we are doing other things - like throwing together a quick pan of cornbread.
Julie put together a great description of this dish and it's significance for kicking off the New Year:
"This classic dish from the Carolinas is enjoyed year round, but traditionally served and celebrated throughout the South on New Year’s Day as part of a feast to grant everyone a prosperous New Year. Prosperity is symbolized across this classic Southern plate with black-eyed peas to represent coins, collard greens to symbolize American currency, and cornbread is golden like bars of gold. This year I am introducing health to this classic plate of American history. I have eliminated all the fat and highlighted the delicious rich flavors of the South with this quick-prep pressure cooking or stovetop recipe. Protective Diet makes it possible to enjoy special holiday meals and our prosperous New Year ahead in the best of health."
"Place a coin under each plate to start off a prosperous year. It is also traditional to add the symbol of adventure and travel to the plate with barbequed pig's feet. On a Protective Diet we can replace this BBQ component with vegan BBQ Riblets or BBQ Chick'n Breast"
(We didn't throw in the vegan BBQ component this year, but I plan to add that in the next time we cook this delicious dish and for New Year's Day 2017.)
I belong to Protective Diet and am signed up for the premium membership which includes group coaching, video lessons, and premium weekly recipes. There is a fee for this type of Protective Diet membership, but for me it is so worth it. Julie has some of the best healthy plant based recipes I have ever tasted and the education and support was key for me losing weight FOR GOOD. I reached my goal weight with PD about 2 years ago and have easily maintained it. I have always been a yo-yo dieter and this is a miracle for me to be at a stable trim weight and just maintain without obsessing.
This is the first time in about 20 years that I have not had a New Year's Resolution to lose weight or get in shape. GLORY, GLORY HALLELUJAH!!! I have Protective Diet to thank for that.
Just wanted to share a little bit about the type of healthy vegan diet that we love. We definitely feel our best and maintain our "fightin' weight" eating this way.
Enjoy a healthy and prosperous 2016 making new goals or resolutions, not the same old tired resolutions around body & weight issues. I intend to find a cool way to express myself and help others in Memphis in 2016. I am not sure what it will look like yet, but I will let you know as that develops.
If you have any questions for me about a healthy plant based lifestyle or want to share any of your fabulous plans for 2016, feel free to comment and let me know.
Happy New Year!