6 fresh and healthy ways to eat peas
Peas add a burst of flavour to any dish. Here are some delicious ways to prepare them
Blanch shelled peas in boiling water for two minutes, then toss with lots of chopped fresh mint and a dressing of lemon juice and olive oil. Sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese.
Fresh take on hummus
In a food processor or blender, purée equal amounts of fresh or frozen shelled green peas and some canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed, with garlic, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, a pinch of cumin and a good dollop of tahini (sesame paste). Garnish with fresh pea sprouts or basil.
Simple finger food
Thread a folded snow pea, a cooked shrimp and then another snow pea onto a short skewer. Serve with seafood cocktail sauce (or make your own salsa of finely diced tomatoes with freshly grated horseradish). For meal-size portions, use longer skewers and more shrimp, and serve over brown rice or atop a mixed salad.
Green your breakfast
Add shelled peas to a potato frittata, quiche lorraine, or a tomato and cheese omelette.
Two quick ways to add an extra veggie to your meal
Blanch shelled peas or snow peas in boiling water for a couple of minutes; cool, then fold into a potato, rice, quinoa or pasta salad. Or toss a handful of shelled fresh peas into curries, stews, chowders and stir-fries.
Colourful side dish
Sauté a small chopped onion in olive oil. Add snow peas and sliced almonds. Cook just until tender. Serve with grilled fish, chicken, pork chops or tofu.
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