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Healthy Hoppin' John

 Healthy Hoppin' John
We love Hoppin' John, but I wanted to add a healthier version to my holiday cooking repertoire. I developed this new (and faster) version for those of us who need to start the New Year on a healthier note. I like to mix my chopped green onions in with the cooked hot rice before serving. —Debra Keil, Owasso, Oklahoma
6 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 35 miin.

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh baby carrots, halved lengthwise
  • 2 celery ribs with leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fully cooked Johnsonville® Chicken Sausage Cajun Style, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced

Directions

  • In a large nonstick skillet, saute the onion, carrots and celery in
  • oil for 3 minutes. Add sausage; cook 3 minutes longer. Add garlic;
  • cook 2 minutes longer.
  • Stir in the peas, stock, bay leaf, thyme, pepper and cayenne. Bring
  • to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in

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Healthy Hoppin' John (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • vinegar. Simmer, uncovered, 5-10 minutes longer or until carrots are
  • tender.
  • Discard bay leaf. Combine rice and chopped green onions; divide among
  • six bowls. Top with sausage mixture. Sprinkle with sliced green
  • onion.
  • Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 352 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 43 mg cholesterol, 817 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 22 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.