Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Sugar Snap Peas

Sugar Snap Peas are definitely one of my favorite crunchy snacks!
I think I might have even given a little squeal when I looked in the newest book, The South Beach Diet Supercharged, and found sugar snap peas listed as Phase One for the South Beach Diet.    I had assumed they were phase two when I mentioned these tasty treats back in 2007 as one of my favorite South Beach Friendly snacks.  I buy them in the big bag you see above (from Costco) and this is one vegetable I almost always have in my fridge.  Peas are one of The World's Healthiest Foods, so they're also something I feel good about grabbing for a snack. With all that going for them, I decided it was time to officially make these packaged sugar snap peas one of my Kalyn's Kitchen Picks.

My favorite way to eat sugar snap peas is just raw as a snack, and I'm also very fond of using them to scoop up dips.  If you want to do a little more to the sugar snap peas, here are some ideas from Kalyn's Kitchen and other blogs.  (Recipes from other blogs may not be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.  If you have other  fun ideas for using them, please share in the comments.)

Dip into This with Sugar Snap Peas:
Heart Healthy Shrimp Dip from Kalyn's Kitchen
Diet-Friendly Ranch Style Dip from Kalyn's Kitchen
Grandma Denny's Vegetable Dip from Kalyn's Kitchen
Anchovy Lemon Dip from Over the Hill and On a Roll
Crudites with Asian Style Dip from Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen

Salads Using Sugar Snap Peas:
Asian Snow Pea (or Sugar Snap Pea) Salad with Radishes and Edamame from Kalyn's Kitchen
Brown and Wild Rice Salad with Snow Peas (or Sugar Snap Peas) and Peppers from Kalyn's Kitchen
Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Sweet Ginger Soy Dressing from For the Love of Cooking
Lagrimas (Snap Pea Salad) from Hedonia
Snap Pea Salad from Sauce and Sensibility

Stir-Fry Recipes Using Sugar Snap Peas:
Stir-Fried Shrimp with Snow Peas (or Sugar Snap Peas) and Ginger from Kalyn's Kitchen
Baby Turnips and Sugar Snap Peas from Stephen Cooks
Shrimp Stir-Fry with Snow Peas or Sugar Snap Peas from White on Rice Couple
Beef Stir-Fry with Sugar Snap Peas from Framed Cooks
Ginger Stir-Fried Sugar Snap Peas and Fish from Not Eating Out in New York
 
Other Ideas with Sugar Snap Peas:
Whole Wheat Sesame Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce from Kalyn's Kitchen
Sugar Snap Peas with Whipped Ricotta from The Amateur Gourmet
Pickled Sugar Snap Peas from Smitten Kitchen
Sugar Snap Peas Curry from Radiance Recipes
Sugar Snap Peas Three Ways from Apple Pie, Patis, and Pate

More About Sugar Snap Peas:
Ingredient Spotlight:  Sugar Snap Peas from The Kitchn
Snap Peas from Wikipedia

Blogger Disclosure:
I purchased these sugar snap peas myself and this company has no idea that I'm writing about their product.  (Everything featured for Kalyn's Kitchen Picks is a product I've tried myself and loved. Nearly all of these items are products I purchased myself; and some are things I've used for many years. If I ever feature a product I first tried as a sample, I will always disclose that information, and you can be sure I won't be writing about anything unless it's something I would have happily purchased myself.  You can see the complete list of products I've chosen under the tab Kalyn's Picks below the blog header.)
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17 comments:

  1. I love these too, although funnily enough never have them uncooked. I sometimes have them in a salad, but blanch them for a couple of minutes first. Now I realise I probably don't have to. They are so verstile, salad, pasta, stir fry, soups.....

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  2. I think they're completely delicious, just raw out of the bag! Frances, great idea to eat them with hummus!

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  3. Once again, I miss my Costco. This is a perfect reach-in-and-grab snack to keep in the fridge.

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  4. I love snap peas too. Thanks for all the great ideas for new ways to use them!

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  5. I really enjoy sugar snap peas... they're so sweet and crunchy. They're the perfect snack with a some hummus like Frances mentioned imho. ...they're also wonderful in stir frys.

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  6. Lydia, I know just what you mean. I would hate to have to buy these at the regular grocery store, where they are so much more expensive.

    Maryea, glad you liked the ideas.

    Mary, I love them in stir-fries. I like to just barely cook them so they keep the crunch!

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  7. They are also amazing tossed in a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, and herbs and roasted... not obvious I know!

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  8. Kalyn,
    They do make a good, raw snack - if you can find really fresh ones. But I usually can't, the fresh ones around here don't know how to snap. So I keep a bag of frozen in my freezer. They add a wonderful sweetness to a meal whether standing alone or as ingredient in a larger dish.

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  9. Jill, that does sound wonderful and I would not have thought of it. Thanks for sharing!

    Kevin, that's sad you can't find good fresh ones. I've had good luck crisping them in the salad spinner with really cold water (and even a few ice cubes) and then spinning them dry.

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  10. I agree that sugar snap peas are delicious raw right from the bag. I also love them in the Grilled Lemon Chicken Salad recipe from the Original Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. I've made it several times and it always gets rave reviews.

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  11. Martha, I have that cookbook so I had to immediately go look at the recipe. Sounds delicious, thanks for the recommendation!

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  12. As I said on FB, Kalyn, I love sugar snap peas. They are irresistible! I even had them as a side in a restaurant recently and was tickled pink that was one of the offerings. My late FIL always grew them and I never got tired of them, and yes, we did eat them raw sometimes. Finally, thanks for all the recipe links! We're having a tea event here on Saturday and I'll be looking at these and others to have low-carb dishes to off set the typical tea time fare. ;-)

    Shirley

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  13. Broiled Sugar Snap Peas with Cremini Mushrooms:

    http://lemonchiffoncake.blogspot.com/2011/01/broiled-sugar-snap-peas-and-cremini.html

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  14. I've never had them raw; will have to try it. I'm just getting into using the microwave for quickly steamed veggies and these are on the grocery list for today! I like them with some soy sauce and shredded seaweed.

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  15. Love the ideas people are sharing for using them! I'm actually very surprised that so many people haven't had them raw; they are such a perfect snack!

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  16. Loving these peas as a snack...just raw, with maybe some hummus. There are times when I just want something to "crunch" on and these fit the bill. I can get them fresh at my local grocery store (not in a package).

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