A simple side dish that can add a Middle Eastern flavor to any meat recipes dish, green peas and mint also add color and vibrancy to the table. The delicate sweetness of peas and the cool refreshing taste of mint creates a pleasurable contrast to roast pork, steaks of lamb chops. Green peas and mint healthy recipes can be served alongside mashed potatoes or baked potatoes for a wonderful feast for any occasion. Adapted from The Woman’s Day Cookbook by Kathy Farrel-Kingsley, Green Peas and Mint takes only a few minutes to prepare and cook.
In this recipe, fresh peas are sautéed in onions and combined with plum tomatoes for a tangy bite. The fresh mint is added at the end of the cooking to retain its color and fresh flavor. You can also use frozen peas to make this recipe, but the peas need to be thawed before it is cooked. Fresh peas are not always available in the market and they can be hard to find since they do not store well can’t stay fresh for long. Spring is the best time to buy and enjoy fresh peas, while frozen, canned and dried peas are available all year round.
Ingredients: 3 tablespoons olive oil, 3/4 cup finely chopped onion, 1 cup coarsely chopped plum tomatoes, 20 ounces fresh or frozen and thawed green peas, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
In a large saucepan over medium heat, pour the oil. Once the oil is warm, add the onion. Sauté until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes; sauté 3 minutes. Add the peas, salt, and pepper. Cover. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring twice. Remove from the stove and add the mint, stirring to combine.
Mint and green peas are popular ingredients used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking. They can be enjoyed with rice or pita bread as well as stews, soups and kebabs. The tomatoes in this recipe also add another dimension of color and flavor to make a unique dish that can turn an ordinary meal into something different. Fresh peas are often sold in their pods and before cooking them to make this recipe, you need to take them out of their pods and wash them thoroughly. Simply split the pod by removing the string and opening the slit to reveal the peas.