|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 21g||27%|
|Saturated Fat 11g||57%|
|Total Carbohydrate 33g||12%|
|Dietary Fiber 7g||25%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
These flavorful creamed peas are a great side dish to any protein, making them an excellent weeknight meal choice. They're a breeze to prepare and require just a few pantry staples, including frozen peas, heavy cream, onions, flour, and seasonings. A little pimiento gives them color and flavor. Delicious served over rice or mashed potatoes that can soak up the sauce, these peas can also be a vegetarian side dish, as they contain no animal protein. If you're tired of eating the same steamed broccoli or spinach salad on repeat, give these peas a try as they're as easy to prepare as they are tasty.
Frozen peas are an underestimated ingredient. They're widely available, easy to prepare, and very filling. Frozen at the peak of their ripeness, frozen fruits and vegetables retain their texture and nutrition, contrary to common belief. Naturally, fresh is always best, but frozen items are an excellent choice that can put produce on your table that might not be in season. Peas are a very nutritious legume, with great amounts of fiber and vitamin A. They are also very high in protein, which makes them a go-to for vegan and vegetarian diets. A one-cup serving of raw peas has close to 8 grams of protein, over 8 grams of fiber, and 1110 IU of vitamin A, close to 33 percent of the RDI of the nutrient for adult men and 50 percent of the RDI for women (the RDI is 3,000 IU for adult men and 2,300 for adult women).
These peas can be catered to your palate by adding a few other ingredients. Make them cheesy with some mild cheddar cheese, Parmesan, or full-fat mozzarella. Add an earthy and fatty touch with some crispy bacon, diced ham, or a few pieces of smoked sausage. Or add a crunchy topping with some sliced almonds or whole pepitas.
- 3/4 cup onion rings, or strips; thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 to 2 1/2 cups frozen peas
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 dash salt
- 1 dash pepper
- 1 dash nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon pimiento, diced
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Combine onion, water, and 1 teaspoon salt in a saucepan.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 5 to 7 minutes.
Add the peas and cook for 5 minutes longer, or until peas are just tender.
Drain the peas in a colander over a bowl and reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.
In the same saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add flour and seasonings, stirring until smooth and bubbly. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
Add the pimiento to the flour mixture along with the cream and the 1/2 cup of reserved liquid from vegetables. Cook, constantly stirring until thickened.
Add the vegetables to the sauce and heat through.
Serve with your choice of entrée and enjoy!
- Add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of shredded cheese to the thickened sauce mixture. Add the vegetables and heat through.
- Add about 1/2 cup of sautéed sliced mushrooms to the sauce along with the peas.
Peas, Raw. FoodData Central. United States Department of Agriculture.