Minted Peas

are peas paleo? minted peas

Are peas paleo or not? Some say green legumes are ok on the paleo diet because the nutritional content outweighs the problems that lectins and phytates might cause. Personally, I’ve never really had a problem with peas. All I know is that when I was pregnant with Luke, I had the worst morning sickness that last for five months. I couldn’t even stand the smell of toast! I could only eat two things: sweet potatoes and peas. Of course, I ate them plain, except for the butter. Any seasoning would have turned my stomach. If it weren’t for peas, I would not have been able to feed my growing baby inside!

We still eat peas from time to time, especially because my kids love them (must have been all those pease I ate during pregnancy!). This recipe for minted peas lifts a favorite kid’s vegetable to adult-worthy status. Plus, its a real harbinger of spring. Its best to use fresh English peas, bursting with sweet, delicate spring flavor. You can put the kiddos to work shelling them. 🙂  Look for fresh, green peas, not yellow or white, not too young, and not too starchy. If you can’t get them fresh, frozen organic peas will work just fine.

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Minted Peas
These minted peas lift a favorite kid's vegetable to adult-worthy status. Plus, its a real harbinger of spring.
are peas paleo? minted peas
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces English peas shelled (12 ounces after being shelled)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 Tablespoon chives chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • pinch sea salt
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces English peas shelled (12 ounces after being shelled)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 Tablespoon chives chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • pinch sea salt
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste
are peas paleo? minted peas
Instructions
  1. Pour peas into a medium pot, and pour enough water to just cover them. Bring to a boil, over high heat, then reduce to low and add the mint. Cover and simmer until peas are done cooking, about 2 or 3 minutes for fresh, and even less for frozen. Drain.
  2. Pour into a serving bowl. Add olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Let "rest" for half an hour while the flavors meld.

Author, diet & nutrition researcher, photographer. Founder of Stuffed Pepper. Using my MSc to unravel the health & science behind grains, gluten & the gluten-free/paleo lifestyle. Loves finding order in chaos.
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