Ingredient: hot sauce, optional condiment

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Hoppin’ John

Serve with braised collard greens-

“Eat poor that day, eat rich the rest of the year. Rice for riches and peas for peace”. This is a southern saying on eating a dish of Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day to ensure a prosperous year filled with luck.

This is my quick, vegetarian version (the original Hoppin’ John calls for dried black eyed peas soaked overnight and a ham hock). While I like to make this on New Year’s Day (we all want prosperity and luck for our families, right?), it is also a great dish that I prepare almost year round.

Allow that energy of prosperity and luck to permeate through your energy centers. You’ll activate all of them if you serve southern braised collards along with your Hoppin’ John.

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Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

This is one our favorite slow cooker recipes (and its vegetarian!). It’s great on its own, but can be the base for taco salads, burritos, tacos, or as a side dish to a grilled meat. I cook my rice in a rice cooker 40 minutes before we are set to eat. If I know I will be out right up ‘til dinner time, then I make it at the same time as when I prepare the beans, only needing to heat it up at mealtime. You will have extras- perfect for lunch the next day!

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Slow Cooker Cuban Black Bean Soup (Sopa de Frijoles)

There are so many variations to a Latin black bean soup; chorizo added in or not, spicy peppers – dried or fresh- or not, but one thing is for sure they are all rich in dimension and flavor. This is my vegan slow cooker version heavily influenced by living in Tampa where I have access to some amazing Cuban, Spanish, Colombian, Puerto Rican cuisine.