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Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Year Good Luck Recipe | Family Economics

By Alison Lewis


Serving greens and black-eyed peas during the New Year is a southern tradition that is thought to bring good luck and prosperity. This recipe for Balsamic Glazed Collard Greens is a wonderful side dish that is deliciously drizzled with balsamic and toasted pecans. And what’s more? Collard leaves are very low in calories and contain no cholesterol. This dish can be served alongside beef, chicken, seafood or pork. Feel free to add some crumbled goat cheese for added flavor and texture.

What is your favorite New Year’s good luck dish?

Balsamic glazed collard greens 

Balsamic Glazed Collard Greens

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings


1 (16-ounce) package fresh collard greens
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup toasted pecans


In a large, nonstick skillet, cook collard greens in hot oil over medium heat for 3 minutes or until slightly wilted. Add pepper and drizzle with balsamic vinegar, tossing gently until combined. Top with cranberries and pecans, mixing well. Serve immediately.

Photo courtesy of Alison Lewis.

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On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Calvin from Racine, WI wrote

This article or post was very helpful. I tend to love black- eyed peas. The recipe uses pecans nuts which are alright with me. However, I am considering recipes that use almonds more often. In the case of this recipe I would substitute the almond in place of the pecan! Let me mention that I like my black-eyed peas with relish!

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, stephanie from Birmingham wrote

Made this last weekend and loved it!


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