Frozen peas can be a godsend when you need to whip up a vegetable fast-but they can also be boring. This recipe takes plain 'ol peas and gives them some pizazz.

*serves 1-2
1 strip of bacon
2 crimini mushrooms, chopped into eighths
1 cup frozen peas
water to cover the peas
a teaspoon of butter

First, cut the bacon into small pieces (about an inch wide) and cook it in a small pot over medium heat. When the bacon has exuded some grease into the pot, add the mushrooms and brown them. Remove the bacon from the pot when it is fully cooked, and set it aside on a paper towel-lined plate. Add the frozen peas and the water to the pot, and bring to a boil. Cover the pot and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Drain the peas and mushrooms, add the merest smidgeon of butter to them and stir to coat the peas, and put the bacon back into the peas. Enjoy!