Friday, December 11, 2009

Trio of Peas

Don't be fooled by the name of this dish. I have found a balance with three kinds of peas that winds up being low in carbs and high in fiber. I am talking about Sugar Snap Peas, Snow Pea Pods and a few garden variety green peas. The carbohydrate total in both the Sugar Snap and Snow Peas are 40% fiber. They are naturally low in calories and contain a small amount of protein. Besides all of their benefits, they are just plain tasty. Sweet, succulent and delicious, they are known for their tender crispness and with the addition of a few green peas the trio is complete. Simply prepared in a sauce of aromatic fresh herbs and lemon, with an added dash of red pimento, and this dish will be a wonderful addition to your holiday table. With only 3.3 grams net carbs you'll be coming back for seconds, too. I hope you enjoy.

Trio of Peas


1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. shallots, finely diced
2 cups sugar snap peas
1 1/2 cups snow pea pods
1/2 cup green peas (frozen are fine)
1 Tbsp. tarragon, chopped fine
1 Tbsp. dill, chopped fine
1 Tbsp. chives, chopped fine
1/2 lemon, zest and juice
2 Tbsp. pimento, sliced into thin strips
salt and pepper to taste

Put a large pot of salted water on high heat to bring to boil. While this is heating place a large saute pan on medium low heat and melt the butter. Saute the shallots until they become caramelized and tender.

When the water comes to a boil carefully drop in the sugar snap peas for about 30 to 60 seconds to blanch. Remove with a slotted spoon and plunge into ice water to stop the cooking and set the color. Transfer to a paper towel lined tray to dry. Repeat this process with the snow pea pods.

Add the sugar snap peas, snow pea pods and green peas to the saute pan with the caramelized shallots and toss gently. Add the herbs and lemon juice, zest and pimento and saute for a minute to heat through. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

Nutrition Facts
8 - 1/2 Cup Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 37.0
Total Fat 1.6 g
Saturated Fat 0.9 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 3.9 mg
Sodium 13.3 mg
Potassium 119.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 5.1 g
Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
Sugars 1.2 g
Protein 1.5 g

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