Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Weekend Cookbook Challenge 36 - Spring Peas with Lettuce and Mint

This month's Weekend Cookbook Challenge is being hosted by me, but the theme - 5 Ingredients or Less - was chosen by a blog-less long time reader of mine, Lynn. I always thought Lynn seemed like a pretty nice lady, but now I'm not so sure. This 5 ingredient or less thing is harrrrrd! It took me ages, and 6 cookbooks before I found something that fit the bill.

I found the perfect recipe to go with the leftover ham in my Bon Appetit Cookbook - Spring Peas with Lettuce and Mint. I've heard of this sort of dish before - peas and lettuce braised with liquid - and it always intrigued but scared me. Soggy lettuce? Is that supposed to be appealing?

This recipe was different that others that I'd ready in that the lettuce is thinly sliced. I figured somehow that might be better. And it was. This is one mighty tasty dish. There are so many pluses: only a few ingredients (less than 5! What are the odds?), fast, non fat (I used non fat veg broth), and delicious. The lettuce added a really great texture to the peas and mint + peas = excellent.


Spring Peas with Lettuce and Mint
The Bon Appetit Cookbook

4 servings

1/2 cup low salt chicken broth (I used no-fat vegetable broth)
10 oz frozen peas, thawed (I didn't thaw first. Rebel!)
1 cup thinly sliced Romaine Lettuce
3 tb chopped fresh mint

Bring broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add peas and simmer until heated through, about 4 minutes. Stir in lettuce and mint. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Want to take part in WCC? It's easy! Find a recipe in a cookbook, magazine, on the internet, or wherever you'd like that fits this months theme. Make it, blog about it and send me a link by January 30. My email is iliketocook AT shaw DOT ca.

8 comments:

natalia said...

Ciao Sara ! This sounds fun I'll start to look around. Baci

Sara said...

Thank you Natalia! Look forward to seeing your post.

Natashya said...

Simplicity at it's best!
My friend makes a lettuce soup, so maybe cooked lettuce is an English inspiration?
This would be really nice with a lamb chop.. mmmm...

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Hola, with a lamb chop, good golly and last month Whole Foods had gorgeous fresh peas in . . .

Sara said...

This sounds like a great way to use frozen peas. The lettuce is a unique touch.

Annie said...

You just reminded me that I haven't had peas in a while. This looks really good.

Debinhawaii said...

This looks so simple and delicious. Great job! Fun challenge this month. I am posting my recipe for the challenge tomorrow. (Found one early this time!) I'll shoot you an email when it's up.

Aloha,

Deb

Navita said...

the pleasure was all mine dear...

now don't be a stranger... look fwd to ur visits :)