Slow Cooker Hoppin’ John for New Year’s Day

Healthy Slow Cooker Hoppin' John

Traditional hoppin’ john recipes are served on New Year’s Day to bring you fortune in the year to come. Supposedly, counting the number of peas in your serving predicts the amount of riches you'll have in the coming year.

It’s a shame that people only eat hoppin’ john recipes on the first day of the year. Instead, make this Healthy Slow Cooker Hoppin' John recipe year ‘round. Not only is it delicious, it's an easy to make dinner in your Crock-Pot that's super good for you!

Hoppin’ John is a combination of two staples of Southern food, black eyed peas and collard greens. But it’s also packed with nutrition. According to Self Nutrition Data, black eyed peas are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and a good source of fiber, protein, folate, thiamin, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and copper.

Collard greens are low in saturated fat, very low in cholesterol, and a good source of fiber, protein, and many vitamins and minerals.

Need a healthy hoppin john recipe for New Year's Day? Click to get the recipe for this hoppin john recipe from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet. This easy recipe can be make in your slow cooker with canned or frozen black eyed peas!

How I turned a Southern hoppin’ john recipe into a healthy one!

A traditional hoppin’ john recipe can be high in calories since traditionally it’s cooked up with a lot of pork and pork fat. So I was looking for a way to make an easy hoppin' john recipe that was also lower in calories and healthier, too.

That's why I was so excited to find a recipe for Hoppin’ John Vegetarian Black Eyed Peas that was cooked in a slow cooker at Kristi Arnold’s blog Veggie Converter, my assigned blog during a food blogger recipe challenge.

Kristi’s vegetarian hoppin’ john recipe is already very wholesome. However, since I’m not a vegetarian, I decided to add smoked turkey sausage after consulting Kristi’s original sources. (Traditionally, smoked ham hocks are used.)

I kept the sausage whole instead of chopping them up, so you can decide how much sausage you want to eat and can keep a better eye on portion size.

I also used canned black eyed peas in this easy hoppin’ john recipe instead of dried peas to make the recipe even more convenient for busy folks. (You can also use frozen black eyed peas!)

I served it on quinoa, but feel free to use rice – brown, of course – which is used in more traditional hoppin’ john recipes.

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The Bacon Salt that Kristi recommends? Awesome stuff! I love how it added bacon flavor – and no calories and saturated fat – to my slow cooker hoppin’ john recipe. Enjoy!

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Do you like Southern food? Then check out this Easy Tomato & Okra Soup recipe.

Healthy Slow Cooker Hoppin' John

Healthy Crockpot Hoppin' John

Note: you can health up this recipe even more by using vegetable broth, cutting back on the sea salt, and adding more tomatoes, onions and collard greens. While I loved the addition of quinoa, it can be eliminated, too, if you're watching your calorie count. And the sausage? Feed it to your skinny friends or the dog!



  1. Empty the cans of black eyed peas into a colander place in the sink. Drain and rinse until the water runs clear.
  2. Place black eyed peas, chicken broth and turkey sausage in the six quart slow cooker.
  3. Stir in tomatoes with chilies, chopped onion, and collard greens.
  4. Add sea salt, Bacon salt and black pepper. Stir thoroughly.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours until sausage is cooked through.
  6. Serve over quinoa.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 8 Hours
Total Time: 8 Hours 20 Minutes
Servings: 10 servings
  • Serving size: 1/10 of recipe
  • Calories: 646
  • Calories from Fat: 56
  • Total Fat: 6.2g
  • Saturated fat: 1.3g
  • Unsaturated fat: 4.9g
  • Sodium: 1115mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 136.6g
  • Sugar: 8.4g
  • Fiber: 51.2g
  • Protein: 56.4g
  • Cholesterol: 27mg

Originally published on April 16, 2012. Updated with new pictures and information.

14 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Hoppin’ John for New Year’s Day

  1. SouthernEater

    Tip: For folks who can’t, don’t, or too late for fresh collards……
    There is a version of Margaret Holmes Canned Collard Greens that only has collard greens and water in it, so you can season how you like them.

  2. Dan

    I’ve only seen this dish once before – at a barbecue restaurant that offered it as a vegetarian alternative. My cousin ordered it and loved it.

  3. Miz Helen

    Hi Anne Marie,
    We grow Black Eyed Peas and Collard’s so this is a great recipe for us to try, we will just love it! It is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
    Miz Helen

    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      When we move to GA, my husband and son are planning to have a big garden. Maybe I can persuade them to grow some collard greens since I love cooking with them! Thanks for stopping by!!


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