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       Title: Hoppin' John
  Categories: Southern, W watchers
       Yield: 4 servings
       4 oz Diced smoked turkey sausage
            -OR- ham (optional)
       1 c  Diced onion
     1/2 c  Diced celery
       2    Garlic cloves; minced
       2 c  Low-sodium chicken broth
       4 oz Black-eyed peas
            --picked over and rinsed
       1    Bay leaf
       4 oz Long-grain white rice
     1/2 ts Dried thyme
     1/2 ts Pepper
     1/4 c  Chopped scallions
       2 tb Minced parsley
   “This traditional Southern dish is served on New Year’s Day for good
   luck throughout the year.”
   Spray medium saucepan with nonstick cooking spray.  Add sausage, if
   using; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes, until
   lightly browned.  Add onion and celery; cook, stirring until onion is
   golden. Add garlic; cook, stirring, 1 minute more.
   Add broth, black-eyed peas, bay leaf and 2 cups water; bring to a
   boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour, until peas are soft but
   not mushy.
   Add rice, thyme and pepper; cover and simmer 15-20 minutes until rice
   is just tender.  Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes, covered.
   Sprinkle with scallions and parsley and serve.
   Each serving (1-1/3 cup) with sausage provides: * 1 V, 1-1/2 P, 1 B,
   10 C.
   Per serving (with sausage): * 281 cal, 17 g pro, 45 car, * 4 g fat: 1
   g poly, 1 g mono, 1 g sat; * 302 mg sod, 19 mg chol.
   Each serving (1-1/3 cup) without sausage provides: * 1 V, 1/2 P, 1 B,
   10 C.
   Per serving (without sausage): * 238 cal, 13 g pro, 45 g car, * 2 g
   fat: 0 g poly, 0 g mono, 0 g sat; * 50 mg sod, 0 mg chol.
   Source: Wonderful World of Walnuts & Rice (Weight Watchers Magazine in
   association with The Rice Council
     and The Walnut Marketing Board)
   Reprinted with permission from USA Rice Council Electronic format
   courtesy of Karen Mintzias