Meatless Monday: give peas a chance

Peas for meatless monday

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.

Meatless Monday: give peas a chance

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 for meatless mondays
Lemon ginger peas recipe

              Chilli Pea and apple spread

Pasta with peas and mint recipe for Meatless Monday
Pasta with peas and mint recipe

Indian spiced peas for meatless mondays
Indian spiced peas with cumin recipe

Pea Hummus recipe

Green Pea Guacamole recipe

                          Green Pea Guacamole recipe

Meatless Monday timeline
  • 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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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Sangay, good to hear from you. Have a great year 2015

  2. My Valentina loves peas, we make a few different meals out of them... especially now that Valentina is a Vegetarian xox

    1. Good to hear, does she like quinoa? It's meant to be high in protein. We have 2 vegetarians here at our house.

  3. We always had a veggie patch when I was growing up. It would be so good if everyone could grow some veggies or if we had communal gardens in every suburb.

    1. Now wouldn't that be amazing. I always wish that our local council would plant fruit trees in the streets like they do in Czechoslavakia

  4. I’ve never really thought about Meatless Mondays and ironically this weekend I learned that was a thing back in World World I along with Wheatless Wednesdays. Good idea.

    1. Oh! Thanks for that Military Traveler, I didn't know that Meatless Monday went back to WW1 so I will have to check it out.

  5. I will definitely give Meatless Mondays and peas a chance! Haha! Love the idea of greenies guacamole. I’ll have to give that a try!

  6. Thanks for dropping by today Lisa, and I'm glad you found a pea packed recipe that you might try.

  7. These recipes look so good. I am not a huge fan of peas by themselves, but if I can add them in a recipe, I can tolerate them better! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes, recipe images sure look good these days. I am a great believer in trying a wide varied diet especially when it comes to vegetables. It is easy to have a packet of frozen baby peas in the freezer and just add a handful to something you are booking like a rice or pasta dish. Happy experimenting Charity.


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