With 2018 just days away, I’ve been taking some time to reflect on all of the big events of 2017. Spoiler alert: there were a LOT of them! For one, Will and I tied the knot in March back in Philadelphia! I finished my dietetic internship in June, passed my RD exam in August, and started my job as a telehealth outpatient dietitian in October.
In the midst of all of that, I revamped this site, and made the transition from blog to business. This is the most exciting highlight of 2017, and I cannot wait to continue to grow the Veg World. Even in its beginning stages, the possibilities for this business have exceeded my expectations. I am thrilled to continue to make new connections with clients and brands both in the Twin Cities and all over the country!
In addition to reflecting on the business side of the Veg World, I also looked at my “stats” and “page views” from this past year to identify the top posts, and to see what all of you have been loving!
Here are a few of your favorites!
- Garlic and Lemon Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower
- Maple Roasted Almonds
- Roasted Parsnip and Pear Blender Soup
- Savory Roasted Root Vegetables
- Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf with Cranberries
- Individual Microwave Apple Crisp
I’m hoping today’s recipe soon becomes one of your favs, too. These Chili Roasted Black Eyed Peas are delicious, easy and…LUCKY! Traditionally, eating black eyed peas to ring in the New Year is a way to secure good luck for the year to come. Whether or not this is true, it can’t hurt to eat some nutritious legumes, right?! 😉
Whip these up for your New Year’s parties, or as a snack for work or school next week. They’re flavorful and have a slightly crispy, satisfying texture.
Pro tip: I stored mine in the fridge after I roasted them, and I think they lost some of their “crispness” because of this. It might be better to store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
Chili Roasted Black Eyed Peas
An easy appetizer and snack to ring in the New Year! Vegan and gluten-free.
- 2 15.5 oz cans black eyed peas drained and rinsed
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pat the black eyed peas dry with paper towels, making sure they are no longer wet.
In a large bowl, mix the black eyed peas, oil, and seasonings until coated. Transfer to the baking sheet with a spatula and spread into a single layer. Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven and flip over, then return for 15-20 minutes more or until the peas are golden brown.
Have a happy and healthy New Year everyone! Thank YOU for being part of this community!