Give Spring Peas a Chance

Now's the perfect time to add these little green gems to, well, everything.

FoodNetwork_03_059.tif

FoodNetwork_03_059.tif

Food Stylist: Anne Disrude Prop Stylist: Pamela Duncan Silver

Photo by: Anna Williams

Anna Williams

While you may yearn for fresh asparagus and mark your calendar for strawberry season (picking the freshest berries each year is a must), you might not be as excited about fresh peas — and that's just wrong. Spring peas complement just about any main, or you can even make them a major part of the main; they're filled with nutritious protein, not to mention flavor. Here are five recipes that'll have your whole family saying, "Yes, peas!" (Sorry. We couldn't help ourselves.) 

Thanks to a little heavy cream and chicken broth, you can make a quick sauce for Creamy Spring Peas with Pancetta that will evenly coat every bite. This dish a great way to add a beautiful touch of springtime color and fresh flavor to everything from a quick weeknight dinner to a garden party. 

Introduce your family to garam masala with Aarti Sequeira's 5-star Indian Ground Beef with Peas. You need only cinnamon sticks, cloves, and green and black cardamom pods to make her spicy homemade seasoning. The hearty ground beef balances the shucked fresh English peas perfectly, giving you an all-in-one-skillet meal in just 25 minutes.

YK_121112_FNM_PeasPancetta_039.tif

YK_121112_FNM_PeasPancetta_039.tif

Photo by: Yunhee Kim

Yunhee Kim

If you couldn't already tell, peas and pork simply belong together. And Michael Symon's one-pan Peas and Pancetta couldn't be easier, coming together in just 20 minutes. Orange juice and zest bring an unexpected but very welcome flavor to this parsley-flecked side. 

Weeknight Cooking

Weeknight Cooking

Photo by: Ryan Dausch

Ryan Dausch

Spring Pea Tabbouleh is a hearty, vegetarian-friendly way to get your fill of fresh peas. Bulgur is a blank canvas perfect for snow peas, snap peas and a trio of fresh herbs; you can serve four in a little over a half-hour.

FoodNetwork_02_040.tif

FoodNetwork_02_040.tif

Food Stylist: Anne Disrude Prop Stylist: Pamela Duncan Silver

Photo by: Anna Williams

Anna Williams

Take Spring Peas with Dates and Walnuts to your next potluck. The pitted dates lend natural sweetness to the peas, and just a pinch of cayenne adds a kick that complements the fresh, seasonal flavors.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Healthy Money-Saver: Dried Beans

Swap chicken or fish for dried beans once or twice a week — you'll save money, take in fewer calories and enjoy beans' many nutritional benefits.

Edamame Anytime

Though typically eaten raw and simply by the handful, edamame are incredibly versatile and can easily be pureed, sautéed or boiled.

Soy and Your Health

Discover the benefits and controversies surrounding soy.

Meatloaf Recipes and Tips

Recipes for the ultimate comfort food, cooked up any way you like it

At the Market: Spring Produce with Alex

Find 1000s of Food Network's best recipes from top chefs, shows and experts. And watch videos demonstrating recipe prep and cooking techniques.

What Do I Do with Ramps?

Ramps are a wild member of the onion family; during their fleeting season they are wonderful in all sorts of dishes

Food Network Magazine: Feb/March 2009 Recipe Index

Find easy recipes for appetizers, main dishes, sides and desserts from Food Network Magazine.

What Do I Do with Rhubarb?

Rhubarb, a classic produce variety of spring and early summer, is a vegetable that often gets cooked as though it were a fruit, lending its tart flavor to pies, compotes and more.

How to Spring-Clean Your Pantry in 6 Easy Steps, According to Melissa

Find out how Melissa ushers in springtime (and saves money) by cleaning out the pantry.

5 New Recipes for Spring

Check out a few of Food Network's favorite innovative springtime recipes to find must-try ideas from Melissa, Giada, Ina and more chefs.