In a large pot, heat olive oil until shimmering. Add onion and cook until onion is translucent and golden, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, one minute or less. Add carrots and jerk seasoning and cook for one minute. Add stock, kale and meat, if using. Add corn and black-eyed peas and simmer for 15-20 minutes to allow flavors to develop. Add thyme and adjust salt and pepper to taste. And you’re done!