Peas for Kids
Vegetables are a tough sell for children, yet sugar and sweetened foods seem to go over without a hitch. Here is a recipe that takes sweet peas and makes them sweeter in a natural way that seems to appeal to most children. Pecans add chewy texture, nutrition, and yes, enough sophistication to make this a great adult side dish as well. Pine nuts or walnuts can be substituted for pecans, although pecans and honey make a great team.
1 lb. frozen organic petit peas
1 1/2 T. vegan margarine
1 1/2 T. organic honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar
1/4 c. chopped pecans
Bring three cups of water to a boil. Drop in the peas and cook for 3-5 minutes or just until heated through. Drain well.
Melt the margarine in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar and the pecans. Stir and allow the nuts to cook for a minute or two. Add in the peas, stir to combine and serve.
If the peas go over well, try the same recipe with cooked frozen green beans, lima beans, or carrots. The pecan topping is also wonderful over lightly steamed or roasted sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are another terrific tasting and very healthy vegetable, and children usually like them. Just be sure not to overcook them as texture plays an important role in acceptability. These vegetable sides are great served with a veggie burger, over rice, or with my Tofu Bites.
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