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Lemony Snap Peas

Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 cup)
Lemony Snap Peas deliver citrusy flavor in a snap!

Ingredients

  • 8 cups water
  • 12 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 shallot, minced

Nutrition Information

  • calories 73
  • fat 3.6 g
  • satfat 0.5 g
  • monofat 2.5 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g
  • protein 2.5 g
  • carbohydrate 8.4 g
  • fiber 2.3 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1.8 mg
  • sodium 154 mg
  • calcium 39 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring 8 cups water to a boil in a large Dutch oven. Add peas; cook 30 seconds or until crisp-tender. Drain and plunge into ice water; drain. Slice half of peas diagonally.

  2. Combine lemon rind and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk. Add peas; toss to coat.

  3. Variations:

  4. Radish and Feta: Prepare base recipe, reducing salt to 1/8 teaspoon. Add 1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes, 1/3 cup (about 1 1/2 ounces) crumbled feta, and 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint to pea mixture. Toss to combine. Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup) CALORIES 104 (0% from fat); FAT 8g (sat 1g); SODIUM 219mg

  5. Israeli Couscous and Dill: Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add 2/3 cup Israeli couscous; sauté 3 minutes. Add 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Drain and rinse; drain. Prepare base recipe with 6 ounces peas, increasing salt to 1/2 teaspoon and substituting 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic for shallot. Combine pea mixture, couscous, and 1 tablespoon minced dill. Top with 2 tablespoons shaved Parmesan cheese. Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 cup) CALORIES 211 (0% from fat); FAT 7g (sat 2g); SODIUM 314mg

  6. Toasted Almond and Pecorino: Prepare base recipe. Toast 3 tablespoons sliced almonds in a small skillet; cook over medium heat 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Add almonds to pea mixture; toss gently. Top with 3 tablespoons shaved pecorino Romano cheese. Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 cup) CALORIES 113 (0% from fat); FAT 8g (sat 4g); SODIUM 221mg

Cook's Notes

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