Happy last day of 2010 to everyone!  I don't know about you, but this year literally flew by for me!  It was Valentines' then summer break then Halloween then Christmas and now it's all over and time to welcome a new year.

I've never really made any "lucky" food for new year's before, but this year I decided to try some black-eyed peas (poor little fellas - it sounds like they got beaten up :( .  I wasn't sure if they would turn out if I tried to cook dried peas (then they probably really would be beaten up ;), so I was super lazy and bought canned ones.  Perhaps some day I'll give the dried version a go, but not this year........

Lucky Black-eyed Pea Salad
Serves 4

2 cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 large tomato, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1/2 packed cup cilantro, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 heaping teaspoon ground cumin
Sea salt/freshly ground black pepper, to taste (I didn't need to add any salt)
1/2 lemon, juiced
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon agave nectar

Simply combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Allow to sit for as long as possible before serving in order to allow for the flavors to combine.

Here's what you're going to need:
Everything in the bowl and time to employ a bit o' arm power:
All done and ready to sit (oops, I think I missed that last part as I started devouring it as soon as the last stir was stirred)!
I'm sure that black-eyed peas is a myth, but I'm not going to spoil the fun.  Let's just say I felt lucky while eating my lunch yesterday.
Now, I had originally planned on saving the salad to eat for today, but I just couldn't resist. The avocado made the salad creamy, the agave made it slightly sweet, and everything else just made it delicious!  Between my mom and I, we nearly polished it all off by yesterday evening (perhaps it really serves two?).  But that's okay.  We just got our luck a little early, right?

And, for all the carob lovers out there, you must try this!
One cooked sweet potato chopped up a bit, spread with a bit of coconut oil, and sprinkled with carob chips.  Truly divine (if you like carob chips, that is; if not then try it with chocolate chips as chocolate never disappoints).

The daily question: Do you have any New Year's plans?
My mom and I are making tamales tonight, and we're going to church tomorrow.  But, other than that, we have nothing planned.  I hope this New Year will find everyone doing well and enjoying lots of yummy foods!


12/31/2010 15:16

Love your blog - can't wait to make the "Lucky Black Eye Peas" or whatever you call it! Have a great weekend!

Aunt Myrna
12/31/2010 15:27

Today is Heather and Chris' 16th wedding anniversary. No grandkids here tonight (so far at least), so I plan to watch their wedding video with grandma. Will go to church tomorrow also. Uncle Don's and Dan's are coming for lunch tomorrow. Having taco soup - I felt lazy! Church is having a New Year's Party tomorrow night. So will be another full day - my life usually is pretty full!

12/31/2010 16:03

Your life does sound busy - but lot's of fun too! Mmmm.... taco soup sounds really good. Glad you got a chance to stop by my blog!

Aunt Myrna
01/02/2011 08:49

I'm buying ingredients for black-eyed pea salad tomorrow - can't wait! Couldn't interest your grandma though!

01/02/2011 09:35

Yay! I sure hope you like it! :)


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