Recipe ReDux: Minty Cilantro Peas

I never met a pea I didn’t like.



As far back as I can remember, I’ve always liked loved peas.

The best part about eating peas in one’s childhood, of course, was putting one pea on each tine of the fork.

Ah….good memories…

All this pea talk is leading up to something, naturally, and that is this month’s Recipe ReDux post, “Putting the P(ea) in Potluck.” {Click here for more information, if you are new to the Recipe ReDux.}

Inspired by Nicole of the lovely healthy living blog, Whole Health RD, the goal of this month’s healthy recipe challenge was to use legumes {aka peas, beans, or lentils} in a party-friendly recipe or festive dish.

Being the pea lover that I am, I chose peas, and I thought it would be fun to create a light and healthy side dish that would work well at a holiday dinner party.

Finding inspiration from a recent Wall Street Journal recipe  for  Dosas with Potatoes, Tomato Chutney, and Cilantro Mint Sauce {there are no peas in this dish, but I thought it would be even more sublime with them in it} that my parents clipped out for me {thanks Mom and Dad!}, I decided to make a mint cilantro sauce to go with my peas-a little bit Indian and a little bit British!My Minty Cilantro Peas turned out to be delicious, but before I share the recipe with you, here are a few good reason to make peas part of your eating repoitoire…

  • They are little green balls packed with nutrition-One serving {2/3 cup} has 90 calories, 4 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fiber.
  • Peas are a very good source of folate, vitamin K, manganese, and vitamin C, and a good source of B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and iron.
  • They are rich in those good for you phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin too!
  • You can pretty much adorn peas  any way you want…I love baked potatoes topped with peas and Greek yogurt for a simple vegetarian meal, or another favorite of mine is peas with pasta.  You can simply leave ’em naked too, which is how I usually serve them along with the rest of my meal!
  • Did I mention they are really yummy???

OK-On to my recipe…

Minty Cilantro Peas {Gluten-Free and Vegan}

  • 1 package or 16 ounces frozen {organic} peas
  • 1 cup washed and packed fresh mint, stems removed
  • 2 cups washed and packed fresh cilantro, stems removed
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil {I used high-0leic sunflower oil}
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Salt to taste

Cook peas according to directions on package.  I cooked mine in the microwave for approximately 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, combine the rest of the ingredients in a food processor, and process until smooth and well combined.  Pour sauce on top of peas and enjoy!

And, peas, pretty peas :-), before you go, please make sure and check out all the other fabulous ReDuxers recipes for peas, beans, and legumes that are linked below!

Are you a pea lover too?  What’s your favorite way to enjoy peas?  Do your parents cut out newspaper clippings to give to you???

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  1. A fellow pea reduxer! Loving your peas and cilantro! Great side dish…and super easy. 🙂

  2. I never met a pea I didn’t like either:)This is just delicious and I can’t wait to make this as a side dish soon. xo

  3. oh my, i love this recipe! this is clean vegan and healthy! mint is one of my favs too :). have a wonderful day EA!

  4. I love mint and peas and the addition of the cilantro sounds genius! And what stunning photos! I want to eat them ALL!

  5. Yum!! I love the combo of Mint and peas! Sounds delicious!
    And yes I agree, there isn’t a pea I didn’t like! 🙂
    Your photos look amazing!

  6. these sound awesome! i love peas, as well as mint + cilantro (which we grow at home in the spring/summer), so i’ll definitely have to give this a try. thanks, EA!

  7. Natural partners that I love very much. Would be lovely whizzed up as a soup with veg stock (natch). Gorgeous as always. And the pictures aren’t bad either! ;D

  8. i love the combination of peas + mint… I would have never thought of pairing the two!!
    Great tasting and great breath =)
    Have a wonderful day!!

  9. I love the idea of pairing peas + mint!!
    Great tasting and great breath =)
    Have a wonderful day!!

  10. I LOVE peas! I like them mashed with olive oil and cracked pepper with a dust of parmigiano cheese. My son can’t eat them because he says, ‘they make me gag.’ LOL…he is not the dietitian son I had envisioned! 🙂
    What a great seasonal dish but I could see it working in summer too! GREAT post FABU pics!

  11. lovely fresh taste love them

  12. I love peas EA but I must admit thety are underused in my kitcehn. I always have a packet or two frozen but I don’t really know why haven’t I gotten into the habit, maybe should be a resolution for the new year?! This dish is so simple yet packed with flavor. Yum! Happy Holidays! Shulie

  13. I love the combo of the mint and cilantro. So fresh. My kids are big fans of the petite peas, so I think I’d try those first. Love the recipe!

  14. Gorgeous, gorgeous – bursting with vibrant greens! Now here’s my confession that I don’t like peas (have come around to fresh peas from the pod straight from a garden) but my 4 year loves them. So I think this may be the recipe that gets Mama to eat her peas!

  15. I’m a fan of peas too and even more so when they are paired with mint, such a perfect pair.

  16. I’m a pea person too though not everyone is. I love peas in scrambled eggs with pesto. Love the cilantro edition and really enjoy dosas too (GF).

  17. Ok, so I need to become a part of this!! How do I find out the new ingredient each time? Do you post it? This recipe sounds AMAZING! The combination of mint and cilantro is so fresh and delicious. I love it.

  18. Thanks so much for all your comments!! Glad to know so many of you are fellow pea lovers, but don’t worry, I still like you non-pea lovers 🙂

  19. i love the simple flavorful pea recipea! i make a cilantro version but with tomato, garlic and cumin and cook the cilantro tomato puree a little and then add peas.. makes for a super yummy curries peas!
    and hubbs survived on peas all through his graduate studies.. later night fix up.. canned tomato puree, garam masala and peassss.. eat with rice or bread.. sleep:)


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