I fondly remember shelling peas with my next-door neighbor when I was a child. Back then everyone in our street had veggies growing in their back garden which usually meant a good supply of sweet fresh uncooked peas... Delicious! I love peas but some may not...but I am here to ask you to give peas a chance and have included a few recipes to help you on your way to a Meatless Monday.
What's the deal with peas?
Peas contain vitamins C and E, zinc, and other antioxidants. They also contain saponins which are plant compounds that decrease blood lipids, lower cancer risks, and lower blood glucose response.
Peas are complex carbohydrates that are actually legumes not vegetables. They also contain protein and fibre.
Peas come from the seed pod of the pisum sativum plant.
Peas are a versatile vegetable that you can add to a tofu dish, or in fried rice, or as a side vegetable.
Peas are sweet and appeal to all age groups. They are loved by the very young and the elderly who find sweet foods appealing.
Peas are easy and quick to cook. This is an important factor in our busy lives and a great way to get something green on your plate.
Peas are colorful and that means they look great and give a dash of freshness to any dish.
Peas are versatile and can go with many foods.
A little about the history of peas.
According to the Britannica Encyclopedia, the origins of domesticated peas have not been definitely determined, the pea is one of the oldest cultivated crops. The wild plant is native to the Mediterranean region, and ancient remains dating to the late Neolithic Period have been found in the Middle East.
The recipes with peas.
The images are just suggestions for meals and you can click on the links below each to be taken to the recipes for making these Meatless Monday pea dishes. Of course, you may already have a favorite way to use peas and I would love you to share it here in the comments.
|Lemon ginger peas recipe
|Pasta with peas and mint recipe
|Indian spiced peas with cumin recipe
|Pea Hummus recipe
Green Pea Guacamole recipe
- Meatless Monday began in 2003, with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
- In 2009, cities outside of the USA started to go meatless.
- Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney launched the Meat Free Monday campaign in the U.K.
- 2013 we joined in by blogging about meatless Monday
- Meatless Monday now active in 36 countries and growing.
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