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Healthier Hoppin’ John
This healthier version of the classic New Year’s Day dish delivers the same flavors as a regulation Hoppin’ John, but for about 50 percent less fat (and 75 percent less saturated fat). The brown rice also adds some more fiber.

Total Time: 2 hours plus overnight soaking
Hands Time: 15 minutes

1 pound dried black-eyed peas
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces Canadian bacon, slivered
4 cloves garlic, minced
10 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 bay leaves
1 cup brown rice
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sliced scallions (6 to 7)
1 large red bell pepper, diced 

1.Soak the black-eyed peas overnight in water to cover by 2 inches. Drain well.
2.In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the Canadian bacon and stir-fry until slightly crisped. Transfer to a plate. 
3.Add the garlic to the pot and cook until fragrant. Add the chicken broth and bay leaves, and bring to a boil. Add the drained black-eyed peas, cover and cook for 25 minutes.
4.Add the brown rice and salt, re-cover and cook until the rice is tender, about 45 minutes. About 10 minutes before the rice is done, stir in the scallions, bell pepper and Canadian bacon. Discard the bay leaves.

Makes 10 servings.

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