Caribbean Jerk Roasted Black Eyed Peas + Baby Heirloom Tomato Spinach Salad topped with Tomato Cheesy Cashew Dressing

Caribbean Jerk Roasted Black Eyed Peas + Baby Heirloom Tomato Spinach Salad topped with Tomato Cheesy Cashew Dressing | Seed Plant Water Grow

Writing a food story and navigating life really have a lot in common.  I approach both from a sensitive vulnerable awareness anchored in the need to live, grow, laugh, learn, and love.  Creativity is the vehicle through which this divine transformation becomes possible.  It provides a connection to the deepest self honoring the journey...allowing the opportunity to transcend.  For me it emerges through a multitude of channels.  For example today it's through food, writing, photography, art, thought, voice, and video.  Each time I engage in this way I become very close to the divine source of my existence.  It's how I connect with others and to the unfolding of my own life's soul story.  The reward for the journey is PEACE.  

This past weekend I had the blessed opportunity to attend a Rising Strong event for Dr. Brené Brown kicking off the journey of her new book Rising Strong...The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution.  What I loved about the day in addition to her beautiful methodology was the presence of other creative explorers sharing the platform.  They were called upon to speak about their experiences in Vulnerability, Bravery, Shame, Boundaries, and Trust through their creative processes and how this very act of showing up even after sometimes falling is key to their personal growth as well as owning their life stories.  In her book Dr. Brené Brown states that "Creativity is a powerful integration tool.  Creating is the act of paying attention to our experiences and connecting the dots so we can learn more about ourselves and the world around us".  Breathtakingly True.

Writing a food story is definitely a dot connecting creative vulnerable endeavor.  What you create may not always resonate with everyone, but if you keep your perspective wrapped around the process of integration , then growth is undoubtedly inevitable.  And with that, let's get started with today's food story adventure:)

 

Here's what you'll need to get started...

Caribbean Jerk Roasted Black Eyed Peas + Baby Heirloom Tomato Spinach Salad topped with Tomato Cheesy Cashew Dressing | Seed Plant Water Grow

Spinach

Baby Heirloom Tomatoes

1 15oz can Black Eyed Peas No Salted

1/2 cup Raw Cashews

1 small Tomato

1 small Pepper

1 small Shallot

1/2 tsp Turmeric

4 tsp(or more) Caribbean Jerk Spice Mix

1 tsp Smoked Paprika 

1 tbsp Lemon Juice

2 tbsp + a drizzle Olive Oil

1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast

1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1 tbsp Liquid Aminos

 

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Caribbean Jerk Spice Mix

Caribbean Jerk Roasted Black Eyed Peas + Baby Heirloom Tomato Spinach Salad topped with Tomato Cheesy Cashew Dressing | Seed Plant Water Grow

1 tbsp Smoked Paprika 

1 tsp Thyme

1 tsp Salt

1 tbsp Muscovado Sugar

1/2 tsp Onion Powder

1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp Nutmeg

1/4 tsp Ground Mustard Seeds

1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper

1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1/2 tsp Ancho Chilli Powder

1/2 tsp White Ground Pepper

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Allspice

2 tsp Dried Parsley

 

Let's first start with the Caribbean Jerk Spice Mix and Black Eyed Peas.  Add all the spice mix ingredients into a bowl and give it a quick toss.  Set aside.  Then place your Black Eyed Peas into a large bowl add a drizzle of olive oil, 4 tsp of the mix(or more) and incorporate.

Caribbean Jerk Roasted Black Eyed Peas + Baby Heirloom Tomato Spinach Salad topped with Tomato Cheesy Cashew Dressing | Seed Plant Water Grow

Then spread out onto a nonstick baking sheet and place in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes.  I like to give it a quick toss after 20 minutes.

Caribbean Jerk Roasted Black Eyed Peas + Baby Heirloom Tomato Spinach Salad topped with Tomato Cheesy Cashew Dressing | Seed Plant Water Grow

If you're more inclined towards a visual in motion then check out the quick video below of putting the Caribbean Jerk Roasted Black Eyed Peas together.

Ok, now that we got our Black Eyed Peas roasting away let's make the Tomato Cheesy Cashew Dressing.  Place Cashews, Tomato, Pepper, Shallot, Turmeric, Smoked Paprika, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, Nutritional Yeast, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Liquid Aminos into a high speed blender and give it a thorough blitz.

Caribbean Jerk Roasted Black Eyed Peas + Baby Heirloom Tomato Spinach Salad topped with Tomato Cheesy Cashew Dressing | Seed Plant Water Grow

Then place in a dispensing container and set aside.

Caribbean Jerk Roasted Black Eyed Peas + Baby Heirloom Tomato Spinach Salad topped with Tomato Cheesy Cashew Dressing | Seed Plant Water Grow

Let's move on to the Spinach and Baby Heirloom Tomatoes .  Grab yourself a handful of Spinach and give it a quick Chiffonade(lay 5 leaves on top of each other and roll length wise, then slice down the entire roll).

Caribbean Jerk Roasted Black Eyed Peas + Baby Heirloom Tomato Spinach Salad topped with Tomato Cheesy Cashew Dressing | Seed Plant Water Grow

Then slice through one at a time a handful of Baby Heirlooms.

Caribbean Jerk Roasted Black Eyed Peas + Baby Heirloom Tomato Spinach Salad topped with Tomato Cheesy Cashew Dressing | Seed Plant Water Grow

When the Caribbean Jerk Roasted Black Eyed Peas are finished, remove form oven and let cool.  Now you're ready to eat.  Place Spinach on a plate and top with Caribbean Jerk Roasted Black Eyed Peas, Baby Heirlooms, and your best Tomato Cheesy Cashew Dressing ART, and a sprinkle of the Caribbean Jerk mix.  Enjoy:)

Caribbean Jerk Roasted Black Eyed Peas + Baby Heirloom Tomato Spinach Salad topped with Tomato Cheesy Cashew Dressing | Seed Plant Water Grow