Food Challenge: Peas


In high school, I played tennis for a small rural town in Montana. Our season was limited to spring, which often required us to chance the weather. I remember many cold evenings coming home from practice chilled to the bone. Mom would always be waiting with hot split pea soup and warm grilled cheese sandwiches. A comfort meal I still resort to on a cold or rainy day.

At the time I didn’t give this much thought. I now understand why my mother wisely chose to serve this homemade favorite.

Peas require a cool, damp climate for full harvest. This restricts them to a very specialized season. So while you can consume them year round — frozen or canned — April and May is when you will find them fresh in your local produce aisle, making them a hot commodity for a very limited time.

As you go to the market over the next several weeks, keep you eye out for fresh peas. Enjoy them as a side dish to any main course, mix them into a stir-fry or pasta, or puree them into a delicious soup. Now is your chance to enjoy their sweet, crisp taste at peak perfection.

How to prepare peas

Easy Side Dish

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Easy Side Dish

Perfect side dish paired with salmon fillets.


  • 1 TBS coconut oil

  • 1 white or yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped

  • 1½ cups shelled peas

  1. Heat oil until liquefied.

  2. Sauté onion in oil until translucent. 

  3. Add chopped garlic. Cook until fragrant (about 1 min).

  4. Add peas.

  5. Sauté mixture for 1 to 2 minutes.

  6. Serve warm as a side dish.