Sugar snap peas are classified as legumes because they contain seeds that are covered by a pod. They have high amounts of Vitamins A & C that may help promote good eyesight and boosts immunity. Also, they are high in fiber, which may help control cholesterol and help fill you up. There are a variety of ways to eat sugar snap peas! They can be left as they are, steamed, pureed or chopped and added to salads. A quick serving idea for sugar snap peas is to eat them raw as a snack, but for a little more fun try sautéing them!
Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas
Yield: 6 servings
(recipe courtesy of Ina Garten: Barefoot Contessa)
1 ½ pounds of fresh sugar snap peas
1 tbsp olive oil
1 ½ tsp kosher salt
¾ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Sea salt for serving (optional)
Remove and discard the stem end and string from each sugar snap pod.
Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the sugar snap peas, salt and pepper and sauté, tossing occasionally for 3 to 5 minutes, until the sugar snap peas are crisp tender.