CAN PEAS TASTE GOOD? KITTY AND THE COOK SAY YES!
Kitty in the kitchen watching me cook…..me trying to get Kitty in picture who ran to get me an apron…..
When I think of Green Peas…. it reminds me of a friend who used to torture me in the early morning with the smell of cooked peas. Yes, my friend would eat cooked peas and egg whites every morning as I drove us to school. I was never crazy about these green little fellows, especially when the smell takes up your whole car at the crack of dawn. So what changed my opinion about the small green monsters?
Over the last few years I made a decision to eat less meat and take in more vegetables and beans. I don’t claim to be a vegan, but since I’ve made that change, my metabolism has increased with less effort in the gym. My digestion has approved as well. Green Peas are loaded in nutrients and minerals. They can pack major protein in just one cup and also have a high content in vitamin C. I also like the fact that they’re really affordable to buy and you can make several different recipes with them. My Kitty helped with this recipe by watching, but refused to taste it. All the more for me! If you need energy and want something easy to make…try this Green Pea Garlic Dip. It can be used as a simple dip for a party with some organic chips, or veggies on the side. You can also take it to work and have it over a bed of greens. Give it a go…..
1 cup of Green Organic Dried Fresh Peas, or frozen. (I buy my peas dried by the bulk at Whole Foods)
1 tablespoon of Vegan Mayo
1/2 of an Organic Lemon squeezed
1/2 cup of fresh chopped Organic Cilantro
1/2 cup of Organic Red, or White Onion chopped
1 1/2 tablespoon of minced Organic Garlic
1 teaspoon of unrefined Sea Salt
1/2 ounce of crumbled Organic Feta Cheese
1/2 of Organic Cucumber Sliced into 4-6 pieces
Boil 3 to 4 cups of water in a small pot. If you’re using dried peas, you may soak them the night before in water to soften them. I sometimes will do that and other times I just boil them until they’re soft. After your water is boiling, add in a cup of peas and cook on medium high for about 20-30 minutes. After the first 15 minutes, lower the heat to medium. Keep checking on your peas to see how soft they become. Once the peas are done, drain them and let them cool for a few minutes. Pull out your food processor and add beans. Add in your mayo, minced garlic, chopped onion, salt, cilantro and lemon juice. Mix all ingredients until blended and nice and smooth. Pull out a bowl and place dip in the middle. Take your cleaned cucumber and chop into 4-6 pieces. Place cucumber pieces around dip. Crumble your feta cheese on top at the end. You may also serve this on a bed of greens, or just have as a snack with some organic chips.
Note: This whole dish will take 25- 30 minutes if you’re having to boil beans. If you’ve soaked them the night before it will probably only take you 15-20 minutes. Make a bigger serving and have as a quick snack for a couple of days.
Purpose of dish: Increases fiber, which is helpful for digestion and bile in your body. It’s high in iron, folic acid and magnesium. It’s affordable to make and also really high in vitamin C.
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