Kickin' Vegetarian Collard Greens
Corn bread, black eyed peas, and collards are a New Year's Day tradition in the South - the corn bread represents gold, black-eyed peas coins, and collards match the green of US paper currency. Since leaving the South, where I grew up, for the Pacific NW, I've begun a tradition of hosting an open house-style brunch on New Year's day and this is my go-to recipe for this fun occasion.
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If you're not planning to serve the collard greens with black-eyed peas, the white beans (or chickpeas) can be added at the same time as the tomatoes to make this a main dish, served of course with corn bread on the side.
Substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme for the fresh thyme if desired.