It’s important to me and my husband that our kids learn to make healthy choices, knowing that we won’t be around forever to help with that.  Therefore the kids are only vegan at home and make whatever choices they want (within reason) outside of our home.  This has worked really well for us, and the overwhelming majority of the time they choose to be vegan or vegetarian outside of home.  However it has really bothered our younger daughter when a couple of times in the last few months our older daughter has chosen to eat chicken at fast food restaurants.  We don’t mind at all, hoping it will curtail a significant backlash against being raised vegan as soon as the kids leave home.  But I was comforted in seeing that despite the bickering (okay, screaming and yelling) they do genuinely care for each other’s health.

Strategies other than vegan@home for healthier eating or moving more toward vegetarianism are discussed in Practice Vegetarian.

We were a bit late celebrating the new year with black-eyed peas, which are thought in the Southern United States to bring prosperity.  But this dish was such a hit that we will be eating it again in a few weeks- even if just for a big lottery drawing!!

Hoppin’ John Bowl

Black-eyed peas

Brown ricehoppin john edited

Kale, stems removed, cut into ribbons, and steamed

Sweet potato, peeled, diced and cooked

Frozen red, green, and yellow pepper strips, diced and steamed

Cayenne pepper hot sauce (like Frank’s Red Hot)

Optional: canned fire-roasted tomatoes or a tomato green chili mix (like Ro*Tel)

This bowl comes together really quickly if you use cook the black-eyed peas and rice in advance.  One option to cook the sweet potato faster is to peel it, then microwave it for 2 to 5 minutes depending on the size.  Once the sweet potato is cool enough to handle, dice it.  Remove the stems from the kale and chiffonade it (roll it together and slice into ribbons).  Dice the peppers.  Combine the kale, sweet potato, and peppers in the steamer and steam for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the number of servings.  Reheat the black-eyed peas and brown rice.  Mix everything together and serve with hot sauce to taste!