“Romantic” Black Eyed Peas, Greens & Sun-Dried Tomoatoes

Happy Monday, readers! I hope you had a lovely weekend. I have to admit I had a bit of a rough weekend. In addition to some personal stuff, I was deeply affected by the death of Whitney Houston. She was a pretty important part of my childhood, and I’m always so sad when a young mom dies. If you too felt real loss upon the news, I hope you had someone to share your sadness with, someone with whom to sing your favorite Whitney songs….And if you didn’t, sing along to the video below, and know I’ll be singing with you. <3

On to a recipe. I danger-quoted “romantic” in the title, because I always think that description is kind of weird. True, this is coming from a girl who once described chia seed oats as “sexy,” but that makes more sense to me than this sort of vague adjective that is placed in front of any dish being described around Valentine’s Day. But, I’m doing exactly that, so I hope you’ll just go with me on it. And if you stretch your mind, you can maybe see how these sun-dried tomatoes kind of look like hearts. But, like, human hearts, not ” <3 “. Real romantic, right? ;)

Black Eyed Peas, Greens & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

2 c greens (I used collards and spinach)

3/4 c sun-dried tomatoes (including juices from the bottle)

1 can black eyed peas

1-2 c mushrooms, chopped

1 t cayenne (or, to taste)

1 tsp rosemary/basil mix (IF there are no spices in your sun dried tomato bottle)

pinch salt (optional)

Put all ingredients in a pan over medium heat. Stir until greens are wilted. Serve.

This was incredibly simple, and so flavorful. Every ingredient really popped. Very fresh, zingy, and, uh, “romantic”!

And, (especially since this post could take your mind here), I leave you with one of the best singers to ever grace the stage. I’m really happy to say that many of my friends and I  get to have our last Whitney memory be dancing to this song at my birthday party:

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