Monday, January 5, 2015

New Year's Dinner 2015

Josh and I have lived together for most of the 9 years of our relationship, but we have never cooked a New Years Dinner.  Honestly, we have usually been recovering from a big party we've just thrown, so cooking a meal doesn't really make it high on the priority list.  This year, though, we had a quiet New Year's Eve watching Terminator and sipping champagne.  We made it to midnight, but just barely.  So, I got up the next day and really wanted to cook our holiday dinner.

My mom doesn't like black eyed peas, so it was never a food that I ate growing up.  Thing is, I now love black eyed peas.  So, in the tradition of New Years, we ate a lot of them this past week.  Josh loves them too, so he didn't mind.

Our New Year's Dinner consisted of spicy black eyed peas, garlic kale mashed potatoes, and more kale!  The roll was just a frozen kind, because I didn't want to add baking to the equation.  It's still not my strong suit.  I did make a loaf of banana pumpkin bread for our breakfast, so that's something!

So, let's talk about this spicy black eyed pea dish first.  It wasn't anything too complicated, but it was very spicy and tasty.  You can reduce the heat by leaving out the jalapeno, but if any of you have been reading for awhile, you know I love the spice.

Spicy Black Eyed Peas


  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 12 oz of pre-soaked black eyed peas, or about 2 cups
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 jalapeno, diced into small pieces
  • 1 14.5 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbs dark beer (optional)
  1. Chop all vegetables.
  2. In a medium size sauce pot, heat pan on medium heat.
  3. Add olive oil and allow to heat, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add onions and pinch of salt and saute for 7 minutes.
  5. Add garlic and jalapeno and cook down for 3 minute, taking care to not burn the garlic.
  6. Add the tomatoes, undrained, water, and beer.
  7. Bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce to simmer and cook for 35 minutes uncovered.
  9. Watch liquid levels and add more water if pan begins to dry out.
  10. Test beans after 35 minutes for desired softness, increase cooking time in 5 minute intervals if still hard.
If you are using canned beans, use 2 (15 oz) cans and drain and rinse the beans.  You can reduce the cooking time to 15 minutes of simmering.

Next on the menu were potatoes!  These can be prepared right along side your black eye peas.  The cooking time seemed to work out well.

Garlic Kale Mashed Potatoes

  • 13 small red potatoes, (peel optional)
  • 1 tsp salt + a pinch
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 tbs olive oil + a drizzle
  • 2 cups finely chopped kale
  • 1 cup nut milk (I used almond)
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
  • generous amounts of cracked pepper
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  2. Add in a pinch of salt and potatoes.
  3. Boil for 30 minutes, or until you can poke the potatoes easily with a fork.
  4. While the potatoes are boiling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F).
  5. Put garlic in an oven pan with a drizzle of olive oil.  
  6. Roast for 20 minutes.
  7. Let garlic cool then chop.
  8. Drain potatoes and rinse pot.
  9. In the pot, heat to medium heat.
  10. Add 1 tbs olive oil and the kale.
  11. Saute on medium for 7 minutes, or until kale is wilted.
  12. In a separate bowl, mash the potatoes.
  13. Turn heat on stove top to low.
  14. Add potatoes, garlic, and nut milk to pot.
  15. Stir until incorporated.
  16. Add vegan butter and salt to taste.
  17. Add pepper and serve hot.

Leave the skin on the potatoes and you will still have a great dish.  I personally love mashed skin in my mashed potatoes, but I gave Josh the option, and he wanted peeled.

When roasting garlic, you can cut the top off and leave in the bulb.  In this instance, I peeled the pieces and laid them out on a pan.

You may need more or less salt per your taste.

Leave out olive oil when cooking the kale if you prefer.

As if that kale wasn't enough, I wanted more!  So, I also cooked down about 3 cups of chopped kale with a little coconut oil and served it on the side.  

You can never have too much kale!  All put together, this was a really tasty meal!  The mashed potatoes help cut the heat of the black eyed peas, although I then poured a bunch of hot sauce on the mashed potatoes.  To each their own.

We had our first dinner of 2015 on our beautiful dining room table.  We bought it this summer, and we've gotten lazy and started eating dinner in our kitchen, because it's easy to watch TV.  We vowed to sit down to dinner here more often, which I really like.

What did you eat for dinner this New Year?  Do you have a tradition?  Leave me a comment!


  1. Beautiful meal! Those kale mashed potatoes are calling my name! It's my first day on the 2-day Superfood Cleanse and I'm perusing blogs featuring gorgeous food.....go figure! haha!

    1. haha, those kale mashed potatoes ARE super food, well SUPER GOOD food. ;)


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