Fresh Peas with Mint and Green Onions

Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Merilee Bordin

The combination of fresh peas with mint yield a harmonious and nutrition side dish. Peas are in the legume family, and these vegetables are typically high in protein and fiber, yet low in fat and cholesterol. Because they're higher in protein than many other types of vegetables, they're a good source of protein in vegetarian diets.

Yield: Makes 8 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 69
  • Calories from fat: 17%
  • Protein: 4.1g
  • Fat: 1.3g
  • Saturated fat: 0.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 11g
  • Fiber: 3.9g
  • Sodium: 4.9mg
  • Cholesterol: 2.6mg

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds English peas
  • 2 green onions
  • 12 large mint leaves
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • Salt (see Notes)

Preparation

  1. 1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, shell peas (you should have about 4 cups). Cook peas in boiling water until tender, about 2 minutes. Drain well and transfer to a medium bowl.
  2. 2. While peas are cooking, trim and discard the root ends and dark green leaves of green onions. Halve white and light green parts lengthwise and thinly slice crosswise. Set aside. Chop mint and set aside.
  3. 3. Add butter to hot peas and toss until butter is melted and peas are coated. Add green onions, chives, and mint and toss to combine. Sprinkle with salt to taste and serve immediately.
  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1/2-cup serving.
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