A close up of a bowl of food on a table
November 14, 2023
A close up of a bowl of food on a table

Brain Healthy Ingredients: Garlic, Legumes, Onions

Serves: 2-4

In the South, folks eat Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day in hopes it will bring luck and good fortune. Your brain will hit the jackpot with folate-rich black-eyed peas as you enjoy this tasty Southern tradition!

For a vegetarian dish, omit the bacon + cook the onions, peppers, and garlic in 2T olive oil instead.


  • 5 slices smoky bacon, chopped in small pieces
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, chopped into 1/4 inch squares
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 15 ounce can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste


  1. Put bacon in medium-sized saucepan and cook until crispy over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, pepper, and garlic and cook about 3-5 minutes, until vegetables are soft but still vibrant.
  3. Add rice, black-eyed peas, dry mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring to combine.
  4. Taste and add salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste. Stir and cook another 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and serve immediately.