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  • 11/27/14 – Weekend Food Challenge: Snap Peas

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    A perfect snap pea is plump and bright green, and it gives a sharp “snap” when folded in half. Snap peas were developed back in the 17th century by crossing a regular garden pea with a flat snow pea, but they did not become common in the U.S. until the 1970s. Now California is a huge snap pea producer. Guess what food has more protein than a whole egg or one tablespoon of peanut butter?  That’s right—just a little over a cup of snap peas wins the competition! Snap peas are also rich in iron and vitamin C, which are both good for your immune system. Peas also contain lutein, which helps eye health, reducing the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. In addition, fresh pea pods are an excellent source of folic acid. Snap peas grow on vines, which must be supported since they reach 4-feet high. When the pods are ripe, they are nearly 3 inches long. For best flavor, you’ll want full-size pods, but be careful to not let them over-mature or start to dry out. You can even eat the snap pea blossoms and tender plant tips! When purchasing snap peas at the grocery store, look for firm pods with a slightly velvet surface. They should look almost like they are bursting. Avoid limp pods.

    Tiny fibrous “strings” line the edge of a snap pea. When the peas are young, it’s fine to ignore these strings and simply eat the peas, string and all. More mature peas usually require “de-stringing” to remove the tough fiber before eating. Watch your cooking time with snap peas—simmer only 2-3 minutes. Any longer, and the pods will become mushy and flavorless.

    Watch this video and learn how to remove snap pea strings!

    Sauteed Snap Peas
    Snap Peas Nutrition Label

11/13/14 – Weekend Food Challenge: Soy Nuts

11/13/14 – Weekend Food Challenge: Soy Nuts

Featured Food:  Soy Nuts Challenge Weekend November 13, 2014 Silly Food Fact Soy nuts are not actually nuts, but roasted soybeans. You can choose salted or unsalted, or even honey-roasted, hickory-smoked, or chocolate-covered. Yum!  In Japan, soy nuts are called “fortune beans,” based on the tradition of eating one roasted soybean for each year of […]   Continue Reading
  December 12, 2014   No comments
12/12/14 – Weekend Food Challenge: Ham

12/12/14 – Weekend Food Challenge: Ham

Upload your recipe & photo and JOIN THE CHALLENGE Do you remember Dr. Seuss’ classic book, Green Eggs and Ham? Sam was finally convinced to try the eggs and ham, and then he declared, “Say! I like green eggs and ham! I do! I like them, Sam-I-am.” Well, green may not the color you want, but […]   Continue Reading
  December 11, 2014   No comments
12/5/14 – Weekend Food Challenge: Mint

12/5/14 – Weekend Food Challenge: Mint

  Upload your recipe & photo and JOIN THE CHALLENGE Mmm … the wonderful aroma of mint! This fragrant herb is named after a Greek mythology character, Minthe. In fact, the Greeks used mint to season meat, freshen breath, and cure hiccups. Today, the U.S. produces 70% of the two most common mint varieties, spearmint […]   Continue Reading
  December 5, 2014   No comments