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All We Are Saying Is ‘Give Peas a Chance’

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Peas and Happiness

Peas mean late spring — bright, fresh, and a little earthy. Peas are tasty on their own with butter and salt, but add a note of grassiness to any recipe. They're also inexpensive when bought frozen. There are many ways to cook with peas, from steaming or boiling to folding them into batter for fritters. Peas are also chock full of Vitamins C, E, and zinc. Give peas a chance with these easy-peasy and inexpensive recipes.


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Buttered Peas And Onions

The classic peas recipe you probably remember from childhood. Rich, light, and buttery smooth, the salt from the butter makes all the difference in this simple recipe. Serve with any protein — beef, fish, chicken or poultry. This version of peas goes with everything.


Recipe: Epicurious


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Chorizo and Peas Hash

This hash works with the silkiness of the vegetable counteracting the spiciness of chorizo. Make the recipe a hearty meal by adding a crusty piece of bread and perhaps a small salad.


Recipe: Tesco


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Homemade Italian Gnocchi.
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Gnocchi With Peas And Parmesan

A gnocchi recipe can be a chef’s best friend. Home cooks can appreciate the inexpensive nature of the dish, while not feeling as if they are missing out on anything. Make a little extra, if you can. Gnocchi taste great as leftovers.


Recipe: Gordon Ramsay


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Pea Fritters

Peas fritters can make eating vegetables feel utterly decadent. The fried patties, crisp on the outside while the mixture inside remains silky, make a delicious appetizer or main dish. The fritters can be served with anything from a simple salad or your choice of protein, fresh from the grill.


Recipe: My Lovely Little Lunch Box


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Au Gratin Creamed Peas

A nice alternative to the standard potatoes au gratin, this classic dish combines peas, cream, salt, and pepper with cheddar and panko to yield a dish that warms the soul. Use the best cheddar you can find for maximum richness.


Recipe: Made In A Day


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Indian snacks : Spicy fried green peas
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White Dish with Homemade Mushy Peas
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Mushy Peas

A British staple, this take on mashed potatoes is made with milk, butter, salt, and black pepper. Mushy peas work as a side dish for any number of comfort foods, from meatloaf to roasted chicken.


Recipe: Allrecipes


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French Style Peas

Made with lettuce, creme fraiche, a sprig of mint, and green onions, this side dish’s take on peas is both savory and filled with tasty pea-ness. Make it extra fancy by serving alongside a glass of crisp white wine.


Recipe: Food


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Bacon Pea Salad

Hearty and rich, a bacon pea salad certainly falls on the decadent side of the recipe book. Made with sour cream, bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, and red onion, the salad would be a hit at any neighborhood barbecue. Once you make the salad you can fiddle with the recipe a bit by substituting different proteins (diced chicken would be tasty) or vegetables.


Recipe: Spend With Pennies


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Green Pea Samosas

Crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside, peas are often the side dish in most samosa recipes. Not this recipe. The mild yet memorable flavor make them a great dish to round out your meal. Serve with everything from salad to soup to salmon.


Recipe: Food and Wine

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Pea Soup

Peas are the star of the show in a silky and creamy soup, all of the other ingredients are merely supporting players. Choose to blend all the ingredients for a bisque-like consistency or keep it chunky — whatever serves the current mood of the chef. 


Recipe: Food Network


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Green pea flour and green split peas.
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Green Pea Flour

Once you learn how to make green pea flour, you can make pancakes and even cookies. This recipe calls for cooks to bake the flour before milling it, which the recipe author says makes for a less oily taste than if you fried it.


Recipe: Nyona Cooking

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Green Pea Cookies

You can either buy green pea flour, or make your own (as seen in the previous slide). However, the recipe’s author says buying store bought pea flour will result in a less vibrant cookie.


Recipe: Nyona Cooking

Indian Aloo Mutter curry - Potato and Peas immersed in an Onion Tomato Gravy and garnished with coriander leaves. Served in a Karahi/kadhai or pan or bowl. selective focus
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Peas Curry

Peas mix with potatoes well in this curry, otherwise known as Bombay Potatoes and Peas. The recipe offers step-by-step instructions for the balance of flavor, with the marriage of peas and potatoes as the main ingredients. Spices and aromatics include cumin, mustard, red onion, garlic, turmeric, salt, chili powder, garam masala, and cilantro, all of which are available at most grocery stores.


Recipe: Vegan Richa


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Fresh Mint and Spring Peas Ice Cream

The combination of mint, peas, sugar, honey, eggs, and cream may sound like a nonstarter, but think about it: all of the main ingredients are there. Sweet, milk, creamy, and fresh — all the elements work well together. For full effect, serve after a spicy meal; you’ll appreciate the subtle flavors after giving your palate a workout.


Recipe: Food 52


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Green Pea Smoothie

Combining peas with bananas, almond milk, spirulina, and matcha gives a new twist to the same old smoothie recipes. Experiment by adding different fruits to the mix, like strawberries or blueberries.


Recipe: Hashtag Vegan

Frittata with green peas and spinach.
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Italian Frittata With Spinach and Peas

Who doesn’t like a frittata? Nobody, that’s who. This simple but elegant egg dish showcases the mild flavor of peas with the savory umami-ness of spinach. Serve for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with a green salad.


Recipe: The Petite Cook


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Brown Butter And Garlic Roasted Peas

A grown up version of the buttered peas and onions of our youth, this dish screams luxe, even when sporting humble ingredients: butter, salt, peas, pepper and 12 cloves of garlic. Yep — 12.


Recipe: Mantitlement

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Fresh Green Pea Pie

Think more ‘chicken pot pie’ and less ‘cherry pie’, and you’ve got a good handle on this savory dish. The recipe calls for chicken stock, cream, peas, butter, dill, and pie crust. The result is a dish that puts the freshness of peas front and center - right where it should be.


Recipe: Gourmandistan

Homemade Green Vegan Burgers
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