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Healthy Hoppin’ John

We love Hoppin' John, so I developed this new (and faster) version. I like to mix my chopped green onions in with the hot cooked rice before serving. —Debra Keil, Owasso, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 miin.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh baby carrots, halved lengthwise
  • 2 celery ribs with leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fully cooked spicy chicken sausage links, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced


  • In a large nonstick skillet, saute the onion, carrots and celery in oil for 3 minutes. Add sausage; cook 3 minutes longer. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes longer.
  • Stir in the peas, stock, bay leaf, thyme, pepper and cayenne. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in vinegar. Simmer, uncovered, 5-10 minutes longer or until carrots are tender.
  • Discard bay leaf. Combine rice and chopped green onions; divide among six bowls. Top with sausage mixture. Sprinkle with sliced green onion.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 352 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 817mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 7g fiber), 22g protein.
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  • PrplMonky5
    Dec 18, 2020

    Very filling and tasty. I used Italian chicken sausage, because we don't like things that are spicy. Maybe it was because of this but I found it was lacking in something. I couldn't quite put my finger on it. I added in some salt, and while that helped it didn't quite fix the problem. Maybe some more herbs or some cheese? Either way, it was yummy enough for me to make again with my own tweaks.

  • barhoo01
    Jan 3, 2018

    VERY Flavorful and easy to make. I used turkey sausage links instead, but think that kielbasa would be great.

  • Suzanne444
    Jan 15, 2016

    VERY TASTY! This is now one of my favorite "go to" recipes! When I first made this version of Hoppin' John, I used the spicy chicken; but when that was unavailable, I tried Polish kielbasa and it gave this dish a little more zip - even though not quite as healthy. Either way, this is very tasty. I do mix the green onions into the rice when the rice is done as suggested by Debra and that's a great idea. The leftovers - rice into the storage container then putting the vegetable/bean mix on top. Leftovers heated in the microwave is good too!

  • kgalloway2
    Mar 20, 2013

    I don't generally like black-eyed peas but this whole mix was really good! I didn't add the green onions because I didn't have any but no one missed them.

  • pncboyer
    Jan 23, 2013

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  • sdaniele0702
    Nov 29, 2012

    It was really good! And easy to make! It was the first time my hubby and I have had Black Eyed Peas and they were good!