Recipe: Garden peas with fresh mint

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Recipe: Garden peas with fresh mint

Garden peas with fresh mint

Dietitian's tip: Although mostly eaten as a fresh vegetable, peas are classified as a legume. Like other legumes, peas are a good source of protein. One serving of this recipe has as much protein as 1 tablespoon of peanut butter.

Serves: 6

Ingredients

3 pounds English peas, shelled (about 3 cups) or 1 pound frozen shelled peas, thawed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

In a large pot fitted with a steamer basket, bring about 1 inch water to a boil. Add the peas, cover and steam, tossing once, until tender, about 4 minutes. Transfer the peas to a large bowl and add the olive oil, mint, salt and pepper. Toss to mix and coat. Serve immediately.

Alternatively, saute the peas. In a saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the peas and cook, stirring occasionally, just until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in the mint. Season with the salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Analysis (per serving)

Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories:86Cholesterol:0 mg
Protein:4 gSodium:102 mg
Carbohydrate:12 gFiber:2 g
Total fat:3 gPotassium:
Saturated fat:0 gCalcium:
Monounsaturated fat:2 g
This recipe is one of 150 recipes collected in The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook, published by Mayo Clinic Health Information and Oxmoor House, and winner of the 2005 James Beard award.
Last Updated: 2006-05-01
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