Pork tenderloin is a lovely, lean piece of meat and a nice alternative to chicken. In this recipe, it is flavored with soy sauce, ginger, and molasses. Crushed red pepper flakes add a hint of heat, while rice vinegar balances out the sweetness of the sauce. Peas pair nicely with the Asian inspired pork, but if you prefer broccoli or green beans, substitute those for the peas. For the recipe, read more
Soups and salads are a great way to transition from Winter to Spring — it's true, even the San Francisco Chronicle thinks so. If you're not so keen on pea soup, then maybe this tantalizing Spring pea salad will entice you instead. It's minty and refreshing, with a hint of lemon to give it just the right zing. Also, the color is perfect for any St. Patrick's Day celebration, so get the recipe, just read more
Peas...you either love 'em or hate 'em. But have you ever had FRESH peas? As in not frozen and not canned? Peas that you shell yourself, in the privacy of your own kitchen?
Known as English Peas or Garden Peas, these little legumes are a sweet treat and are in season now through about May. Seems that peas don't do well when it gets too hot. Their arrival is a sure sign that Spring is here. Plus, when veggies are in season they cost considerably less than their off season prices.
While peas might be time consuming to shell, their candy like flavor is sure to please your palate. While naturally low fat good, peas got a bad rap from all those low carb diets since they are naturally high in sugars and carbohydrates. A one cup serving contains 8 grams of sugars and 21 grams of carbs. On the other hand peas are high in vitamins K and C, magnesium, folate and thiamin (vitamin B1).
Peas are great in pasta and risotto. Since peas pair well with mint, they would be a great addition to PartySugar's Lemon Mint Risotto.
Eat 'em fresh while you can!!!!
I've just recently tried a new product from Kashi (the company who makes those chewy granola bars I love). They are broadening their scope and have just introduced some frozen entrées to their Kashi brand, look for them in the freezer at your local health food or grocery store.
I was very excited to try one because I already have the utmost respect for anything with the Kashi name. When I looked at the back of the Pesto Pasta Primavera package, the ingredients were just what I would use if I were to make it myself: whole wheat pasta, basil, Parmesan cheese, peas, yellow carrots (yup), sweet red peppers and garlic. There wasn't anything on that list I didn't recognize, and that made me feel good.
The serving size was very filling, but because there were so many veggies, it was only 330 calories for the entire meal. Speaking of the veggies - they were actually very fresh tasting and even had a little crisp to them, so I know they weren't overcooked.
For a pasta dish, I was surprised to find out it has 12 grams of protein. It also has 7g of fiber. Out of the 11g of fat, only 2g are saturated, and there are NO trans fats. The sodium level was a little high - 790mg - but not over the top high considering you can have 2,300mg a day.
Another great thing? Since it has as many veggies as noodles, I felt energized after eating it, not exhausted like you can get with most pasta dishes.
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Today marks the last day of January and therefore, the last day of National Soup Month. I knew that I wanted to share one last soup with you guys, but I wasn't sure which one. That's when I remembered Pea Soup Andersen's. If you have ever driven up I-5 in California, then you know the place (there are actually a few others, but this is the one I know of). It's the kitschy Danish roadside coffee-shop institution with a world-famous split pea soup. Whenever I visit my brother in LA, I always feel the need to stop and get a bowl for my journey home. Now, I no longer need to drive down I-5 for a taste, I can now make it at home. For the secret Pea Soup Andersen's recipe, read more