A Black-Eyed Pea Recipe to Ring in the New Year

Get some good luck on your plate with this kid-friendly recipe featuring black-eyed peas and kale. It's a lucky recipe your kids will love to cook.
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In the Southern U.S., eating black-eyed peas and leafy greens on New Year’s Day is a tradition thought to bring good luck for the year.

Get some good luck on your plate with this kid-friendly recipe courtesy of The Kids Cook Monday and start a new tradition in your home: cooking healthy meals as a family.

Kid-Friendly “Eye See You” Black-Eyed Peas Recipe

This recipe packs a nutritious, plant-based punch from black-eyed peas and kale. One serving provides 11g of protein plus plenty of beneficial folate, vitamin A, Vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, and potassium.


  • 2 cans (15.5 oz.) black-eyed peas
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 3 Tbsp. Canola oil
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Kid: Drain and rinse the black-eyed peas and set aside.

Kid: Wash the kale well, pat dry, remove the center stalks, and chop. Set aside.

Adult: In the sauté pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat.

Together: Add the onions and sauté until golden brown (about 5 minutes).

Together: Add the kale and sauté until it is wilted (about 3-4 minutes).

Together: Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.

Together: Add the smoked paprika and sauté for 1 minute.

Together: Add the black-eyed peas and sauté for another 3-4 minutes until the kale is tender.

Kid: Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Info

253 Calories, 94 Calories from Fat, 10g Total Fat, 1g Saturated Fat, 290mg Sodium, 33g Total Carbohydrates, 9g Dietary Fiber, 11g Protein, 116% Vitamin A, 116% Vitamin C, 11% Calcium, 20% Iron

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