New Years Day!
I woke up feeling groggy and tired because I’d completely overindulged the night before at a NYE party. Taquitos, chili, chicken wings, prosecco, soda, 7 layer bean dip, peanut butter chocolate pie, chips, etc. The list goes on. It was good going down, but man, it was wreaking havoc on my stomach and brain. It took me forever to get out of bed, but when I finally did, I remembered that today was the first day of my Daniel fast.
Breakfast was very simple. I had a banana and a bowl of Lydia’s Organic Raw Apple Cereal with some unflavored soy milk.
Because it was new years day, I had to make black eyed peas. Eating black eyed peas on new years day is an old southern tradition that is supposed to bring you luck. So, I made a version without any meat. Here’s the recipe:
Black Eyed Peas
1 bag of black eyed peas (16 oz)
1 onion, 1 green bell pepper, 1 stalk of celery, 5 cloves of garlic (chop all 4 ingredients)
1 can of crushed tomatoes (14.5 oz)
Salt & pepper to taste
Hot sauce or cayenne pepper to taste
Water (about 6 cups, or enough to cover the beans with 1 inch above the beans)
Directions: Soak the beans overnight and then rinse the next morning. In case you forget to soak the beans, you can boil the beans for about 5 minutes, then let them sit for about 2 hours.
Next, saute the chopped veggies (onion, green pepper, celery, garlic) in some olive oil until the onions start to brown. I use medium high heat and usually do this in the stock pot I’m going to cook my beans in. I also add a little salt and pepper to the veggie saute. Once the onions are lightly browned, add in the beans, tomatoes and water and simmer for about an 1 1/2 – 2 hours. My stove gets extremely hot, so for me, I really only had to cook the beans about 1 hour. Add salt, pepper and hot sauce/cayenne to taste. Once the beans are ready, serve over rice.
I served this with garlic rice and they were pretty tasty together. Here is the recipe for brown rice.
Garlic Brown Rice
5 – 10 cloves of garlic (minced or sliced ultra thin)
2 cups of brown rice (dry)
Saute/fry the garlic and rice together in olive oil for a few minutes or until the garlic gets really fragrant. For me this is generally about 3-4 minutes on medium high heat. Next, add enough water to cover the rice with about an extra 1/2 inch to 1 inch over the top and simmer until the rice is soft. I also add garlic salt when I put the rice on simmer, but you can add it at the end.
The tasty end result
I also had some apples and cherries through out the day. I did get a little hungry but I just kept nibbling at fruit. I kept thinking about the stuff I couldn’t eat which of course, made me want them more. Fernando did have some of my black eyed peas, but still ate mostly normal food. He was kind enough to do it out of my eye sight.
So that was my first day. Day 2’s post is coming soon.