Green peas are one of the richest sources of both fiber and protein in the vegetable world - possibly because they're actually a green legume. One cup of green peas contains 8g of fiber and 8g of protein, making it a great food to consume if you're trying to balance your blood sugar levels. Here are 5 recipes to help you add more green peas to your diet.
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Make it a Full Plate Meal: Pack this green pea and quinoa salad for lunch with an apple and grilled tempeh. You can also opt for roasted chicken as your 25% part of the plate.
75% fiber foods – quinoa, green peas, parsley, tempeh, apple
25% foods – butter, parmesan cheese, chicken
Recipe Note: Replace the butter with 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil to reduce the amount of saturated fat in this meal.
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Serve this stew with a piece of delicious homemade bread as your 25%. End the meal with 1 slice of juicy watermelon.
75% fiber foods – green peas, onion, garlic, carrots, potatoes, canned tomatoes, fresh dill, watermelon
25% foods – bread, oil
Recipe Note: This recipe was written in the metric system. Use 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 4 cups frozen green peas, 1 - 15oz can diced tomatoes and 3 cups water.
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Non-typical salads like this one are a great way to Power Up meals like Spaghetti Night. Serve a cup of frozen berries with a bit of whipped topping as a fun dessert.
75% fiber foods – red onion, lettuce, green peas, avocado, berries, spaghetti sauce
25% foods – dressing, pasta, (meatballs if serving), whipped topping
Recipe Note: If you want to use meatballs as your 25%, try lentil spaghetti, which we consider a 75% fiber food.
Make it a Full Plate Meal: This high fiber pot pie recipe pairs up nicely with our Sunny Summer Salad presented from our Yummy Program lesson.
75% fiber foods – onion, garlic, potatoes, carrots, green peas, corn, green beans, navy beans, romaine lettuce, raspberries, avocado, pineapple, fennel
25% foods – flour, milk, puff pastry, dressing
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Enjoy a generous serving of this summer salad with wild rice. Grilled salmon would be an awesome 25% part of the plate. Don't eat fish? Cook this tofu salmon instead.
75% fiber foods – wild rice, peas, garlic, lemons, green peas, artichokes, kalamata olives
25% foods – salmo/tofu, dressing
Recipe Note: Use the minimal amount of dressing and marinate to keep the fat low in this meal.