Get a taste of the season with a springtime staple — peas. Whether tossed in a salad, sprinkled on toast or sautéed in a dish, these vibrant green legumes and pods add a healthy dose of fiber and protein, plus vitamins C and K. Try all the different types — snap, snow and garden peas in these six scrumptious recipes.
1. GOAT CHEESE & EGG TOASTS WITH FRESH PEAS | COOKIE AND KATE
Eggs and toast is a tried-and-true recipe that never gets old. In this variation, whole-grain toast is slathered with creamy goat cheese and topped with an egg. A garnish of fresh green peas and herbs add a pretty pop of color. Recipe makes 1 serving.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 269; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 206mg; Sodium: 371mg; Carbohydrate: 17g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 19g
2. GINGER CITRUS SOBA & SNOW PEAS | LOVE & LEMONS
Refreshing and simple to assemble, this dish is perfect as a light lunch or dinner. Sweet, tangy, zesty flavors are infused with nutty buckwheat noodles, crunchy snow peas and edamame. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 179; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 342mg; Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 9g
3. LEMON DILL SHRIMP, ZUCCHINI & PEAS | IFOODREAL
This bright and vivaciously colored dish features sautéed shrimp, green peas and zucchini. Serve on a bed of leafy greens, quinoa or brown rice for a light, protein-packed dinner. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 1/4 cups each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 218; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 125mg; Sodium: 558mg; Carbohydrate: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 19g
4. LEAF LETTUCE SALAD WITH BLACK RICE, SNAP PEAS & AVOCADO | UPROOT KITCHEN
This tasty salad is filled to the brim with tender greens, nutty black rice, crunchy snow peas and creamy avocado. A sprinkle of green onions and sunflower seeds finishes off this salad packed with whole grains, healthy fats and seasonal spring veggies. Recipe makes 3 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 355; Total Fat: 22g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 9g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 277mg; Carbohydrate: 37g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 8g
5. EASY VEGETABLE STIR-FRY | HUMMUSAPIEN
Make your own stir-fry instead of ordering take-out. This dish is brimming with colorful veggies and whole grains — all smothered in a sweet and savory teriyaki sauce. Roasted cashews sprinkled on top add a delightful crunch. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 1/2 cups each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 311; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 442mg; Carbohydrate: 43g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 9g
6. GROUND TURKEY WITH POTATOES & SPRING PEAS | SKINNYTASTE
Spring peas, potatoes and ground turkey are simmered in a tomato sauce for a quick, comforting weeknight dinner or for meal prep for lunches during the week. Serve with rice or whole-wheat pasta for a hearty and filling meal. Recipe makes 5 servings at 1 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 209; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 91mg; Sodium: 331mg; Carbohydrate: 17g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 21g