Spring Pea Recipes- What to make with all your peas

Spring Pea Recipes- What to make with all your peas

Peas are in season in April!

Are you wondering: “What should I make with all these peas?”

You don’t have to be a gardener to enjoy an abundance of peas during pea season.  There will be peas at the farmer’s markets, discounts on them at the grocery store, and perhaps you’ll even have friends and family members pushing their excess peas onto you if you are lucky.

Planning your meals around what is in-season is an excellent way to save money and eat fresher, and it’s also a good idea to stock up on the frozen version of the fruits and vegetables that are in season.

I just put some peas in my garden bed, and by planting some new seeds every 2-3 weeks, I think we will keep a steady batch of peas coming in until we’re ready to make way for tomatoes and other summer crops.  This means we will have peas coming out of our ears!

If you’ll also have peas coming out of your ears, you might want some ideas for what you can do with them.  I know I’ll be needing some ideas, so I’ve collected some from some food bloggers to share with you.  I think that all but the first one of these is gluten free too, in case you’re looking for recipes like that!

Here are some delicious ways to use up all those peas…


Ham, Peas, and Cheese Crepes
Ham, peas and cheese crepes

What goes better with peas than ham and cheese?  Nothing.

Erica, with Erica’s Recipes, describes her dish as “Tender tasty ham and spring peas, loaded into delicate crepes with an abundance of cheese,” and I am sold!

I will be making this just as soon as my peas are ready. I  can’t wait!  I’m even excited about the dijon cream sauce that she has drizzled across the top, and I believe my garlic chives will be ready in time to garnish this with.

According to Erica, this is a recipe that makes her look like a rock star without her having to work too hard.  These are my favorite types of recipes, the ones that are super easy but still impressive.

Make Ahead 7-Layer Pea Salad

make ahead layered pea salad

This is one of those beautiful looking dishes that you can proudly bring to a potluck, looking all fancy, but that is so simple to toss together that it won’t be any trouble for you.

As I said above, I love dishes that are impressive but easy, but this one is getting some bonus points because Stephanie, from Apples for CJ, encourages us to make it ahead.  Recipes that can be made ahead are a must for the Spring (and really any other time of the year if you’re a parent.)

Another thing I love about this recipe, which may not matter to you but it is awesome for me… I have this same exact dish!  I found it at Goodwill for 3.99 and it is WONDERFUL for displaying decorative foods like this.  It’s also great for fruit salads, layered cakes, and even basic and pasta salads.  I love being able to see the food through the glass.

If you want to shop for similar bowls to show off your own food, I found a similar one on Amazon here:  Anchor Hocking Monaco Trifle Bowl.

 Grandma’s Pea Salad with Dill

Grandma's pea salad with dill

I can’t turn away from a recipe that claims to be from a grandma.  Grandma’s have a way with food.  It’s like they’ve learned to make it sing to every taste bud before going inside to comfort your very heart and soul.

If you have a grandma that makes pea salad, you should definitely go for her pea salad.  It will probably be the best to you.  If your grandma specializes in other things and doesn’t tend to do a pea salad… you can borrow this one from Kelly’s grandma.

Kelly is the owner of the blog Trial and Eater.  She focuses on recipes that are mostly healthy, and also vegetarian.  Sometimes they are also vegan.  This recipe includes hard boiled eggs, and it looks amazing!  To be honest, I would personally add bacon and cheese cubes to it, because that’s just my thing, but I would still otherwise follow this recipe because it looks like it was made by someone who has been doing this for many years!

Speaking of her grandma’s experience, she shares a few other recipes of hers as well:  Grandma’s Meatless Baked Ziti, Nana’s Potica.  and Broccoli Crescent Wrap.

Lightened Up Spring Pea Salad

lightened up spring pea salad

If you’re craving your grandma’s pea salad (or your mom’s, aunt’s, brother’s, or whoever), but you are on a diet and don’t want to limit yourself to a spoonful…

Here’s a lightened up version of pea salad by Cooking with Carlee that you can enjoy.  She doesn’t use a bunch of gross, fake ingredients to lighten her version up either.  She uses some nice and healthy Yogurt.

If you’ve caught any of the yuckies over the winter and early spring, and you’ve had to take any antibiotics, you actually need the probiotics that are in this recipe (because of the yogurt), and it is also packed with other vitamins as well.  I have heard the recipe is really delicious also, so lets eat it up!

 Spring Potato Salad with Arugula, Peas, and Dill

spring potato salad with arugula peas and dill

I love potato salad!!!

I especially love potato salad that is so good that Erica from Erica’s Recipes has accidentally eaten half the bowl before taking the picture you see here.

She’s a scientist, by the way. Cooking and baking really is a science, and I tend to really trust her recipes because I know she is crafting them with a scientific mind.

She’s the creator of the ham and pea crepe recipe above on this page, and she also is the creator of the amazing Easy Fish Gyros, and another recipe that uses peas as well: Simple Ravioli Marsala with Mushrooms and Peas.  

 Spicy Green Pea Coconut Curry Soup (Gluten-Free)

spicy green pea coconut curry soup gluten free

I’m a big fan of curry soup.  I especially like coconut curry soup.  Nobody else in my family does, though, so I don’t have it very often.  Once there are peas shooting out of my ears though, I may need to make a giant batch of this and freeze it into sections…and then I will reheat some up for my lunches whenever I’d like.

Lyndsay, from Officially Gluten Free, does more curry dishes than this, she also has recipes for the following:

Thai Coconut Curry Soup with Chicken

and

Curried Deviled Eggs

There are also a lot of recipes without curry, including barbeque recipes, some spicy recipes, and plenty of desserts.  She focuses on gluten-free recipes, and since I have a loved one who has Celiac disease, I do plan to collect some recipes from her site.  They all look really good!

Pea Guacamole

Pea guacamole

As someone who LOVES avocados, I have to admit that this feels like blasphemy… BUT, look at this photo.  Doesn’t it look good?

Peas are a lot more affordable here in the Pacific Northwest than avocadoes for sure! The garden will be going wild with them soon, and I do think that I want to make lots and lots of this dip.

This is also a fat-free version of Guacamole.  Avocado is a super-healthy fat, and so I don’t think a person should avoid them, but sometimes we’ve already had our healthy fats and we want something to dip our healthy veggies (or our chips) in.

This recipe is from Looney for Food, and they will show you how to make healthy food taste good.  This is definitely one to subscribe to!

How do you like your peas?

Please share with me, how do you like to eat your peas?  Do you have any special recipes you would like to share?  Do you have any super-secret pea recipes that you will taunt us with and never ever share?

Please taunt me in the comments below!

taunt

 

If you’d like to see my post about planting peas into my special raised bed (made by my dad by a tree my grandpa planted) click here.

My husband and I are already in the process of improving on this garden, so more posts should be coming soon!

Do you want to see some other compilation posts I’ve done? Try this bacon-themed one!

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