Green peas (garden peas) – Green peas grow in a pod but are ‘shelled’ or removed from the pod for cooking or eating. Fresh green peas should be plump and firm and not rattle around inside the pod. Green peas can be found fresh, frozen or canned.
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❁ Fresh peas might cost less and taste fresher while in season from May through mid-July. aTo avoid waste only buy what you need, since fresh peas only last a few days in the refrigerator.
❁ Frozen and canned peas are available all year. a
■ Refrigerate fresh peas soon after picking or buying. Store them in an open bag or unsealed container. They should keep for about 3 days.
2 cans (15 ounces each) peas (undrained)
1 cup nonfat or 1% milk
1 teaspoon chicken or vegetable bouillon
1 tablespoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ tsp pepper (optional)
1½ teaspoons margarine or butter
3 ½ cups peas (about 2 cans [14.5 ounces each] drained or 16 ounces frozen)
1½ teaspoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon pepper
⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
✿ Peas make a great addition to green salads.
✿ Try sugar snap peas with a low-fat dip.
✿ Add peas to a tasty brown rice or barley pilaf.
✿ Add fresh or frozen peas to your favorite pasta dish.
White or button - excellent both raw and cooked. Widely available. Varies in color from white to light brown and in size from small to jumbo. Mild flavor intensifies when cooked and as the mushroom becomes more mature. Also available canned and dried.
❁ Fresh mushrooms may be available in bulk or prepackaged for about the same price per pound. Bulk lets you select the amount and size you need.
❁ Fresh mushrooms should feel relatively dry and firm. Avoid dark spots.
■ Store mushrooms in a paper bag in the refrigerator. Avoid airtight containers that can collect moisture and cause the mushrooms to spoil faster.
❁ Some wild mushrooms are very toxic. Be sure you eat mushrooms from a reliable source.
❁ Mushrooms can be eaten raw or cooked by many methods: sauté, roast, grill, broil, or microwave.
❁ Soak dried mushrooms before using.