Black-eyed peas are a staple in southern cuisine in the United States. They form the basis for the rice-and-beans dish Hoppin’ John, which is thought to bring luck and prosperity when eaten on the New Year. Not only are black beans a great way to start 2011, they’re healthy and filling. Beans have a lot of fiber and protein, which makes for a hearty vegetarian meal. My recipe for Black-Eyed Peas would be delicious dish to start the New Year off with a healthy start.