Thursday, September 23, 2010

Green Peas Recipe

This is a healthy, kid friendly recipe. What with all the green balls and orange cubes, how can you miss?  It's a great way to include greens and with their natural sweetness, peas are the perfect candidate.
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 30 min

1 onion (chopped finely)
1 large carrot (chopped into little cubes the size of a pea)
1kg frozen peas
1 medium tomato (pureed)
1tsp Paprika seasoning
1-2tsp Vegeta seasoning or a pinch of salt
Olive oil (to cover the pan)
1tsp flour (if needed)
Smallish cup/ glass (see the size I use here


Heat olive oil in medium sized pan on medium high heat (about 8 on my electric hob).

When the oil is hot add onion. once it changes colour add chopped carrot. Saute the carrot until it softens a little and then add green peas.  Stir and cover for 2 minutes.

Reduce heat a little (about 6 or 6. on electric hobs). Add a smallish cup of warm water, stir and wait for the water to be used up.  Keep adding water a little by little as needed until the peas are completely soft, keeping the pan covered.

You may continue adding water depending on how saucy you want your peas. I don't recommend too much sauce, you want your peas to pretty much keep their shape on the plate and not contaminate all the other food if you know what I mean. 

Once the peas are soft add the pureed tomato, a little paprika and Vegeta to taste. If you have no Vegeta, use salt much more sparingly.

At this point you will have to judge the sauciness of your peas.  If you feel that its too watery mix a tea spoon of flour with half the smallish cup of hot water and add it to the peas.  I do this every single time. You will notice the sauce thicken and pull itself together to just the right consistency.

Its perfect served with chicken breast schnitzel, french fries (all fried in olive oil of course) and salad .  This is how I served it to Emma =)

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