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Meatless Hopping John

"I traditionally make this black-eyed pea dish for New Year's celebrations," notes Ann Buckendahl of Benton, Kansas. "This version has more seasonings and veggies than the classic Southern dish."
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup each chopped green, sweet red and yellow pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • Cook rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, saute the corn, carrots, peppers and onion in oil for 6-8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Stir in the rice, peas and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Add the seasonings; cook 2-3 minutes longer.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 149 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 313mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.
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  • emma31999
    Feb 18, 2015

    " This is a very yummy side-dish that I made to go with my cod fish patties. It went great together and I am eager to make it again! Thank you for the great recipe!"Emma

  • emma31999
    Feb 18, 2015

    " This is a very yummy side-dish that I made to go with my cod fish patties. It went great together and I am eager to make it again! Thank you for the great recipe!"Emma

  • elementalcook
    Dec 31, 2013

    This is a great way to start the new year--healthy and tasty! We aren't as concerned about the meatless part, so I sprinkle crumbled bacon over the top for a little extra flavor.

  • michspad1984
    May 20, 2013

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  • julezh
    Jan 17, 2012

    This is a keeper for a meatless dish! I found this recipe a few months ago when we decided to go with more meatless meals. We love the zippy flavor and enjoy any leftovers, which are just as great the next day. We used brown rice instead for that great "nutty" flavor.

  • misspk
    Jan 2, 2012

    I wanted to make our traditional Hoppin' John for New Year's Day, but our guests were a vegetarian family. I remembered seeing this recipe and it sounded delicious, so we gave it a try. Since I doubled the recipe there were leftovers and the kids were eager to take them home they liked it so much. Served with vegetarian greens along side we've made this a new tradition in our home and it's so much healthier! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Red Menace
    Mar 12, 2011

    Very flavorful! Made as a side dish for catfish on Fat Tuesday. Used brown rice instead, leftovers heat up nicely with a little chicken broth added to moisten. Did most of the chopping the night before to save alittle prep time. Just the right amount of seasoning results in a dish that will go with anything, or stands alone.

  • cjohnikin
    Jan 6, 2011

    Although I live in the south, I had never eaten black-eyed peas for New Years until I saw this recipe and decided to give it a try. My family raved about how tasty and filling it was with all the fresh vegetables included. My daughter was especially pleased because the recipe was "meatless", and she could enjoy the dish as well. Since I have a large family, I doubled the recipe. There were plenty leftovers! Next time I do plan to add sausage. Anyone have any suggestions for adding meat?

  • rstoeker
    Apr 27, 2010

    My husband and I absolutely love this recipe! It's very healthful and leaves us feeling satisfied. It is on the spicier side for our tastes, but that is where the flavor is. It makes great left-overs for my husband to take to work for lunch the next day. Also a great way to use up left-over rice.