East-West Black-Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas, a New Year’s Day must, team up with miso for a bicultural celebration.

Miso, a fermented soybean paste, is available at natural foods supermarkets (in the refrigerator case) and Asian groceries.


  • 3  tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1  onion, chopped
  • 1/2  dried chipotle pepper, broken in half
  • 2  carrots, chopped
  • 2  celery stalks, chopped
  • 1  red bell pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 3  cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4  cans (15-ounce) black-eyed peas
  • 2  tablespoons heaping dark or light miso
  • 1  teaspoon salt
  •  Coarsely ground black pepper

Prep Time – 5
Cook Time – 15


Heat vegetable oil in a large, heavy skillet. Add onion and chipotle pepper; sauté about 8 minutes. Add carrots, celery, bell pepper and garlic; sauté 5 minutes.

Place peas in a large Dutch oven. Add onion mixture to peas. Add miso, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Stir gently. Cook over medium-low heat until thoroughly heated.


The 8 Best Ways to Make Your Resolutions a Reality in 2012

Written by The Doctors  for USA Weekend

This year … I want to lose weight. This year … I swear I’m going to work out more. This year … I’m going to give back. This is the time, every year, when many of us look forward to making healthy changes. We’re resolute, ambitious and even excited to wipe the slate clean, break bad habits and live better. Here are eight tips to help you make your resolutions a reality:
Continue reading

Three Ways to Familiarize Your Child With Steps to Becoming Fit and Healthy

By Heather M. Johnson-Emerson, Yahoo! Contributor Network Dec 20, 11:58 am EST

The childhood obesity rate, unfortunately, keeps increasing. As adults, we should take more aggressive action and help our children become fit and stay healthy.

There are three ways to help your child stay fit and healthy and not become a statistic to childhood obesity:

Continue reading