If you started the New Year with a bowl of Hoppin John, you’re on the right track. Those black-eyed peas – and most beans for that matter – are chock full of protein and help reduce inflammation. They’re so good for you, the Arthritis Foundation recommends eating at least 1 cup, twice a week.


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup chopped red onion (drained & rinsed)

1 clove garlic diced

15.5 oz can red kidney beans

15.5 oz can pinto beans (drained & rinsed)

1 green bell pepper

1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper

2 cups cooked brown rice

Salt & Pepper to taste

Saute onions and garlic in olive oil

Stir in red kidney and pinto beans

Add bell pepper

Add cayenne pepper

Simmer for 3-4 minutes

Serve hot over cooked brown rice or quinoa