Continuing with our theme of good seasonal foods, green peas are a must. They are high in protein, so can be a great choice for vegetarians and vegans. 100 g of green peas have just 81 calories so they can also be good for weight loss. The pea pods are a good source of folic acid, which is important for many body processes. The peas themselves provide Vitamin C for immunity and Vitamin K which is important in bone building and protecting nerve cells. They also are a source of Vitamin-A is an essential nutrient required for maintaining healthy membranes, skin, and eyesight. They are rich in plant sterols which may help lower cholesterol levels. Fresh green peas also provide antioxidants flavonoids such as carotenes, lutein, and zeaxanthin as well. These flavonoids may help to protect from some cancers. Furthermore, they are a rich source of calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese.Peas are very versatile and can be enjoyed as a side vegetable, part of a salad, as a dip or in a casserole, curry or stew.
Spicy Pea and Wasabi Dip
200g of frozen peas (petit pois are best)
1 tsp Wasabi paste (can be bought in most Asian supermarkets). If you don’t have this you can use chilli or horseradish to give the same kick
1 tbsp low fat mayonnaise
Splash of lemon juice
Salt and black pepper to taste
Cook the frozen peas until tender.Drain and cool in cold water, drain again.Blend the peas with the wasabi paste and mayonnaise.Add a small amount of lemon juice and taste. Keep adding until it lifts the flavour. Season with salt and pepper and serve with rye crackers or crudites.