Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Peas with Romaine and Mint

Renee's Kitchen Adventures:  Peas with Romaine and Mint   A delicious French inspired side dish

My youngest son gave me a cookbook last week for my birthday..." Williams-Sonoma Essentials of French Cooking"   It is filled with spectacular recipes and fantastic photos.  One recipe that caught my eye, because the ingredients are so simple and was so different from any vegetable dish I have ever made, was the recipe for "Spring Peas with Romaine and Mint."  Since I don't have any fresh spring peas available to me, I substituted frozen ones and they worked just fine.

This side dish is definitely unique and easy to prepare.  It really livens up plain peas...which in my opinion, can be soooo boring.  I have never "sauted" romaine lettuce before, but it gives this dish a nice light crunch even once it's wilted. And what can I say about the addition of mint, except that peas and mint are natural partners and meant to be together!

If you don't have, or don't want to use shallots, you could certainly substitute onions.  I think the sweet onions that are at the market right now would work wonderfully. 

Renee's Kitchen Adventures:  Delicious French inspired veggie side dish!

I am looking forward to trying more recipes out of this cookbook, especially the ones in the "les desserts and p`atisseries" section! 

Peas with Romaine and Mint


Servings - 4   Serving Size - 1/4th recipe ( approx. a heaping cup per serving)   Points Plus per serving - 2 points+
Calories - 90.2   Total Fat - 3.2g,   Carb. - 11.6g,   Protein - 4.6g,   Fiber - 3.7g

Ingredients: 
1 ( 10 oz.) pkg. of frozen peas
3 cups of shredded romaine lettuce
1 TBS. unsalted butter
2 TBS. finely minced shallots
1/4 cup fat free, low sodium chicken broth
salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint

Directions: 
1.  In large nonstick skillet, melt butter over med heat.  Add the shallots and cook until translucent, about 1 minute.  Add peas ( frozen is fine), lettuce, and chicken broth.  Saute until peas are warmed through and lettuce is wilted.  

2.  Add salt and pepper, to taste.  Mix in the mint and serve immediately.  

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As I said, this is truly a unique way to serve peas.  I find vegetables as side dishes can tend to get extremely boring, although most nights I do opt to serve plain old veggies, so every now and then, it's nice to amp it up a bit with something different.  

Next on my list of " must try" from this cookbook is Ratatouille and Zucchini Fritters!

Do you get ever get bored with plain old vegetables?  

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11 comments:

  1. There is a restaurant in Hilton Head that serves a grilled romaine salad- and it is amazing! So I bet this dish just rocks. I used to be a pea hater as a kid and now I love them. This is a fun kicked up dish- what a sweet gift from your son :)

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  2. I've never sauteed romaine lettuce before either... how interesting - the mint sounds spring fresh too - will give it a try! Thanks.

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  3. Oooh, I just got a bunch of fresh mint in my Bountiful Basket (CSA) last week and I'm putting it on everything. I'm so excited to see another dish I can use it on! Thank you!

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  4. I LOVE anything with fresh mint, so this is on my "must try" list!!!!! And can't wait to try the sauteed romaine! Thanks Renee!

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  5. I saw your recipe on RFW and happened to just come in from harvesting a (very) small crop of sweet peas. We'll have this tonight! I needed something to fill out the tiny amount of peas that I got. Thanks!

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  6. I've grilled romaine for a grilled caesar salad - but never thought of sauteing it! Looks delicious . . . sans the onions! :D

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  7. I think mint adds such wonderful flavor to food. It is used well in your recipe. I'll wager this is delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  8. Hi Renee,
    What a great recipe for the new garden peas. It looks delicious. We will really enjoy this recipe. Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!

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  9. Sounds like a refreshing and healthful side dish for any meal! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Hey Renee! I'm catching up on blogs finally! I've been off enjoying this STUNNING weather - I hope you're doing some of the same! I have always been intrigued with all things pea + mint, so this sounds fabulous to me! And so pretty with all the greens :)

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  11. Congratulations Renee,
    You are featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and Whats For Dinner Next Week the week of 6-6, enjoy!
    Miz Helen

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