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Far from Boring Vegan and Gluten-free Greens and Black-eyed Peas to Ring It In

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If your New Year’s tradition is to eat greens and black-eyed peas but you cannot bear the thought of another round of slimy greens and a ho-hum pot of peas, why not try something new? Or perhaps the latest bug that is going around has you wanting to curl up inside out of the snow, away from the partying crowds, and with a good novel, something to munch on to keep your throat from annoying you so much, and a good bowl of hearty soup to help you heal.

First, put the following soup ingredients into your Crockpot: 3 cups sorted and rinsed black-eyed peas; ½ cup brown rice; 2 large bay leaves; 2 tablespoons gluten-free tamari sauce; 4 cups vegetable broth plus about 4 cups water; and about 1 tablespoon each of dried oregano, basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, and crushed hot red pepper flakes. Set it on high for about 5 hours. Sauté in a few tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet on the stove the following (or whatever other vegetables you need to declutter from your fridge before you lose them, to help you start the New Year right): 8 oz. fresh button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced; 2 small potatoes, washed and diced; 2 carrots, peeled and sliced; 2 stalks celery, washed and sliced; 1 red bell pepper, washed, seeded, and sliced. Add the contents of the skillet to the Crockpot. This recipe is based on and expanded from one in The McDougall Health-supporting Cookbook, Volume One, by Mary McDougall.

Second, put on a big pot of water to make a pot of Wegmans Organic Jasmine Pearls Green Tea (thank you, Gary Sadowski).

Third, arrange your favorite pillows and snuggly in your favorite spot next to a table to hold your tea, soup, and a big bowl or plate for your non-boring greens.

Fourth, get your Kindle and order and download A Unit of Blood by Jonathan P. Tomes, a sophisticated, non-boring, non-sleazy vampire romance (thanks for the review, Phil Knapp) to go with your sophisticated, non-boring, non-slimy greens. Specifically, the greens, available at Whole Foods, are Brad’s Raw Leafy Kale, natural, vegan, gluten free, not baked, not fried, and in either Naked Plain Vegan Cheese or Vampire Killer Garlic and Vegan Cheese, as shown in the accompanying photo. Those greens are crunchy, spellbinding, and scintillating, just like Jon’s novel. Enjoy!

Happy New Year!

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