Peas with Mint & Parmesan


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Healthy in a Hurry

Healthy in a Hurry

By Karen Ansel and Charity Ferreira

Published 2012

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Here sweet green peas get a touch of tart luxury from a spoonful of crème fraîche. If you’re lucky enough to find fresh pea tendrils (also called pea shoots), cut about 4 ounces (125 g) of them into short lengths, blanch them for about 1 minute, and stir them into the peas.


  • crème fraîche, 2 Tbsp
  • fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp
  • sea salt, ¼ tsp
  • peas, 2 cups (10 oz/315 g), shelled from about 2 lb (1 kg) fresh peas in their pods, or frozen (not thawed)
  • fresh mint, 1 Tbsp coarsely chopped
  • Parmesan cheese, 1 oz (30 g), shaved with a vegetable peeler (about ¼ cup)


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together crème fraîche, lemon juice, and salt.
  2. Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. If using fresh peas, add to boiling water and cook just until tender and bright green, about 3 minutes. If using frozen peas, add to boiling water and cook for 1 minute. Drain well.
  3. Pour peas into bowl with crème fraîche mixture and add mint. Stir gently to combine and coat peas evenly. Garnish with Parmesan and serve right away.

per serving 90 calories, 6 g protein, 11 g carbs, 3 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 240 mg sodium