Peas are the quintessential spring vegetable! Hot or cold, crunchy or blended, peas can be used in a variety of methods when it comes to cooking.
As with other vegetables, peas contain many important health benefits when you include them in your diet:
Peas are high in protein – protein is essential for muscle growth, bone strength, aiding in digestion, weight loss, and so much more! This is especially important if you are looking for vegan protein options, as many pea protein powders are also available.
They are low in sugar and high in fiber – both of these qualities make peas a great choice for a meal if you are looking to avoid blood sugar spikes.
Peas are high in selenium – this mineral plays a big role in maintaining thyroid health, as well as hormone production.
Not sold on peas? You will be after you try one of these delicious recipes!:
PESTO AND PEA PASTA SALAD
In a small pot, bring water to a boil and add ¾ C frozen organic peas and let simmer for 5 minutes, or until soft.
In a bowl, add strained peas, 1 C cooled cooked organic pasta of your choice, 2 tbsp. homemade pesto*, 1 tbsp. organic lemon juice, 1 tsp. oregano, ¼ C chopped red onion, 1 tsp. sea salt, 1 tsp. black pepper, and 1 tbsp. organic parmesan cheese to top. Enjoy!
*refer to DIY Condiments blog post for recipe!
MINT & PEA PUREE
Try this recipe as a topping for fish, like salmon or halibut.
In a food processor, add ¼ C Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar, ¾ C cooked organic peas (same method as above), 1 tsp. sea salt, 1 tsp. black pepper, ½ C organic mint leaves, 1/3 C olive oil, and blend well. If mixture is too thick, add a small amount of water and blend until right consistency.