Got Peas? Top 5 Simple Sides Starring Green Peas.

Green peas have gotten a pretty bad rap over the years.

Starchy. Mushy. Plain. Meh.

I’d like to argue in favor of the pea. In fact, this little green orb is one of my favorite veggies for a multitude of reasons. Here are just a few:

Impressed? Me too.

So, now let’s talk cooking. Did you know the pea can be transformed into an even tastier side when dolled up a bit? Check out five of my favorite pea recipes and let me know which one you’re adding to the table!

Peas In a Pod

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Top Five Sides Starring Peas

  1. Pea-camole. Interested in trimming the calories on your favorite guac recipe? Swap in peas for half of the avocado and voila! A delicious, protein and fiber packed dish will make it’s debut.
  2. Pea Patties. Get ready to tempt your taste buds. Add 2 cups of peas, 1/2 yellow onion, 1T plain (Greek) yogurt and up to 1t salt to your food processor. Blend until combined (try to leave a bit of texture!). Add in 1 t flour, 1 egg, and 1 cup bread crumbs. Stir to combine. Allow the mixture to chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Using a cookie scoop, form into toddler-friendly patties and fry over medium-high heat in your fry pan. Serve!
  3. Pea Pesto. Who knew you could use peas for pesto? Again, using your food processor, combine 1 cup peas, 1/4 cup chopped almonds, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 3T oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Puree and serve.
  4. Parmesan Peas. This is far from unique, but sometimes less is more. Thaw a small bag of peas, add parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and stir to combine. Yum! For the measurements, click here.
  5. Green Pea Hummus. If your kids already like hummus and already enjoy peas, this is a fabulous way to merge the two into a new recipe to explore. Merging chickpeas with green peas makes a crazy good, nutrient packed dip the whole family can enjoy.

Thanks for reading! Live well + eat better.

Jessica Corwin, MPH, RDN

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