After Run, Hoppin’ John & Voss’ Old Time Charm

by Joanne on August 20, 2010

Does anyone else have trouble working up an appetite after a long run?  All day Wednesday, I put food in my mouth that my stomach just didn’t want.  I wasn’t hungry but knew that recovery nutrition was a must.  It’s really unusual for me not to want to eat.

Thursday was a day off from running.  The alarm wasn’t set but waking up early enough to take Shane for a substantial 3.7 mile walk wasn’t a problem. 

Friday:   The easy paced run today didn’t seem to aggravate the foot pain that began on Wednesday, although there is a little something there.  I started off on our NEW TREADMILL!   It’s a beast of a machine with one major drawback:  It only allows 2 minutes of pause time.  The old machine gave me a whole 5 minutes if I had to run upstairs for anything.  Just to test it out, I gave it a 4.3 mile go round before Shane and I set off on a  5 plus mile romp.    Total miles today: 9.55.

A silly image gets in my head when I hear the name “Hoppin’ John”.  I picture an old farmer type dude leapin’ up and down because he just took a big old spoonful of this tried and true black eyed pea spiced up favorite.


I love this dish.  It’s so full of all the good nutrition that you want in a meal, especially when you use vegetarian sausage substitute.  This will serve 6 people


  • 1 lb black eyed peas – dried beans:  Soak for at least 8 hours. *REMEMBER TO SORT YOUR BEANS.  I’ve become a bit lax on the bean sorting and when eating leftovers of this dish, I chomped down on a stone.  WELL!  You can imagine!  I just had my root canal done a few days ago so 1.  It hurt and 2. I thought my tooth fell out.   SORT YOUR BEANS!
  • 4 slices soy bacon, chopped
  • 4 Soy Italian Style Sausages, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 green sweet pepper, chopped
  • 7 oz can Salsa Verde
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 3 1/2 cups water (or vegetable broth)
  • 1/4 cup wild rice

Put the soaked AND SORTED beans in a pot filled with water and bring to a boil. Let boil for 3 minutes. Turn off heat, cover and let sit for 1 1/2 hours. Drain.

In a dry skillet, sauté the soy bacon and soy sausages about 4 minutes on medium high.  Add the onion and sweet pepper and continue cooking until soft, about another 4 – 5 minutes.

Add the salsa verde and pepper and stir around, let cook about 1 minute.

Add the soy bacon, sausages, etc. to the beans. Add the rice. Add the water or veggie broth and bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce heat to a simmer for about 50 – 55 minutes or until rice is cooked.

Top with a little grated cheese if you like.  I definitely LIKED!



To look at this old landmark you wouldn’t think the place had much to offer and you wonder why there is always a line at the little pit stop.


*That’s my dad on the right getting 2 cones for my mother and himself.

Even my dad used to go to Voss’ over 20 years ago with a couple of his work buddies.



Both Voss’ and Holland Farms grew out of the dairy business. Kent Voss is now the third generation to operate the successful Barbecue and ice cream stand that has locals lining up for their famous fare.  Duke Voss is proud to have his son, Kent, at the helm of his family’s business.

Do you have a “Voss’” type place in your home town?  You know, the place that has been there since you were a kid and is still popular.

This weekend Ted and I are doing  a Triathlon Relay:  Lake Delta Triathlon.


We found a “fish” out of Syracuse.  Tracy (our swimmer/fish) will do 1 mile in the lake. Ted is our cyclist and will bike 24.8 miles.  I’m the runner for 6.2 miles (10K).  It’s all in good fun.  A last minute sign up for all of us so no pressure, just enjoyment.   It’s not too late for YOU! Check it out and sign up. Volunteer if you don’t want to swim, cycle or run.  Party starts at 10:30 am after the race.


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  • At 2010.08.20 07:21, Heather said:

    Make sure you take it easy on that foot!

    I’m like that after really long runs (15+), but anything less than that and I have no problem eating. 🙂

    Good luck this weekend!

    • At 2010.08.20 17:58, Joanne said:

      Will do. I’m paying close attn. to it.

      • At 2010.08.20 08:17, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

        Good thing you didn’t actually break another tooth on that stone! That recipe looks really, really good. Need to pick up some sausage of some type and make it!

        I have a lot of trouble getting in enough calories on really long bike days. 50 mile plus and my stomach is full of water, so the hunger level is nil. I have to force a little bit to make sure I don’t bonk – or make sure what I do have has a lot of calories in it.

        We have a ton of those little places around here. There is one that is still run by the same man and the place has a nickname of “poopies” even though that is not the name of the restaurant. It’s a breakfast/lunch diner place.

        More people need to step away from the chains and discover all the little gems that are right under their noses.

        • At 2010.08.20 17:59, Joanne said:

          Love those little places. They don’t look like much but sure do have some meaning.

          • At 2010.08.20 09:56, Katie H said:

            Ohhh good luck this weekend!

            I usually have a tough time with my appetite after a longer run. I read somewhere (Runner’s world maybe?) that the long runs trigger release of a hormone that supress your appetite. Which makes sense since I never feel hungry but at the same time doesn’t because we need to replenish! I typically just wait a half hour and my appetite comes.

            • At 2010.08.20 17:59, Joanne said:


              • At 2010.08.20 10:08, kilax said:

                We should try that recipe! We would like to experiement with black-eyed peas more. We have also found stones 😉

                I have not had an appetitie after running for the last few weeks. I wonder if it’s the heat.

                Have fun at the relay!

                • At 2010.08.20 17:59, Joanne said:

                  It’s a classic. You’ll enjoy it.

                  • At 2010.08.20 11:27, Monet said:

                    Your poor tooth! I’ve made that mistake before (but I’m still lazy and I forget to sort my beans…). I love recipes like this…packed with nutrition, easy to throw together and absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, I can’t think of a place like Voss (probably because we moved quite a bit growing up). I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a good experience at the relay!

                    • At 2010.08.20 18:00, Joanne said:

                      Yep – poor tooth. I’m used to it. This root canal was not my first, nor my second, nor my….. on and on 🙁

                      • At 2010.08.20 15:03, CC Recipe said:

                        What a delicious looking dish and thanks for the tip:) Sort your beans, I don’t want to chomp down on NO Stone;=}

                        • At 2010.08.21 13:48, Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox said:

                          Ow! Your poor mouth! I just toss out my beans all together and don’t eat them. Lol. No sorting necessary that way. Of course my husband reminds me I’m missing out on easy great nutritional value. Oh wells.
                          Thanks for the simple recipe. Always looking for weeknight meals.
                          I’m never hungry after hot long runs. But if I had a cool place like Voss, I might be tempted. Best of luck to you Ted and fish Tracy at the relay!

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