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Meatless Hopping John Recipe

Meatless Hopping John Recipe

"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. YIELD: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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 8257541 220812
Reviewed 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!"


emma31999 User ID: 8257541 220811
Reviewed 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!"


elementalcook User ID: 3468414 120077
Reviewed 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."

julezh User ID: 1157992 112634
Reviewed 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 User ID: 654703 86586
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5874698 205260
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5222118 41233
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1914946 89240
Reviewed 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."

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