Healthy Hoppin' John Recipe
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Healthy Hoppin' John Recipe

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We love Hoppin' John, so I developed this new (and faster) version. I like to mix my chopped green onions in with the hot cooked rice before serving. —Debra Keil, Owasso, Oklahoma
Featured In: 31 Meals in a Bowl
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 miin.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 miin.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 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 spicy chicken sausage links, 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 352 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 817mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 7g fiber), 22g protein.


  1. 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.
  2. 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 vinegar. Simmer, uncovered, 5-10 minutes longer or until carrots are tender.
  3. 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.
Originally published as Healthy Hoppin' John in Healthy Cooking December/January 2013, p17

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Suzanne444 User ID: 4834482 241805
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2016

"VERY TASTY! This is now one of my favorite "go to" recipes! When I first made this version of Hoppin' John, I used the spicy chicken; but when that was unavailable, I tried Polish kielbasa and it gave this dish a little more zip - even though not quite as healthy. Either way, this is very tasty. I do mix the green onions into the rice when the rice is done as suggested by Debra and that's a great idea. The leftovers - rice into the storage container then putting the vegetable/bean mix on top. Leftovers heated in the microwave is good too!"

kgalloway2 User ID: 2965850 149623
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

"I don't generally like black-eyed peas but this whole mix was really good! I didn't add the green onions because I didn't have any but no one missed them."

sdaniele0702 User ID: 5547194 109478
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2012

"It was really good! And easy to make! It was the first time my hubby and I have had Black Eyed Peas and they were good!"

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