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Sweet Peas Are On The Menu

Sweet peas, also known as green peas or English peas, are one of the first fresh veggies available in the spring season.  They are grown within pods, and should you buy peas in their pods, don’t shell them until immediately before using.  Sweet peas are a boost to your nutrition–they are fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free, an excellent source of vitamin C, a good source of vitamin A, folate, and dietary fiber.  And, peas are so versatile!  I personally love to add them to my salads, but Fruits & Veggies–More Matters has their Top 10 Ways To Enjoy Peas, which includes adding them to rice pilaf, as well as mashing them to add in recipes as a fat substitute (an excellent idea if you’re watching your weight!).  I’ve also collected a few recipes that put a different spin on what you’re used to when serving sweet peas.

 

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Courtesy of Fruits & Veggies–More Matters

 

Italian Peas are a simple side dish recipe that packs a lot of flavor.  You’ll saute some olive oil in a skillet and add chopped onion and minced garlic.  Cook until onions are soft.  Add one tablespoon chicken stock and a bag of frozen sweet peas to the skillet.  Cover and let simmer until heated through.  Season with salt and pepper and serve–it’s that easy!

 

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Six Sisters Stuff

 

Southern Pea Salad is perfect for a weeknight side dish or to take to a Potluck Supper.  In a large bowl you’ll combine the following ingredients: chopped yellow bell pepper, shredded cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, Greek style yogurt, dried basil, diced red onion, diced pimento, apple cider vinegar, sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  Stir in fresh or frozen peas and make sure they are well coated in the dressing.  Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours and serve at room temperature.

 

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Courtesy of The Seasoned Mom

 

These vegan Green Pea Fritters are great as a healthy snack.  They are high in protein and fiber as well.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and boil 2 cups of frozen peas until done.  Drain well and set aside.  In a skillet heat some olive oil and add diced onion and minced garlic–cook until softened.  Add peas, onion, and garlic to a food processor and pulse until it becomes a thick paste.  Stir in chickpea flour, bicarbonate soda, salt, and dried Italian herbs.  Shape the mixture into patties and place on a baking sheet.  Brush them with olive oil.  Bake for 15-18 minutes, flipping them over halfway through.  Serve immediately.

 

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Courtesy of Wallflower Kitchen

 

Next week I’m back with some spring party ideas.

 

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