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Healthy Living: Green Peas

“Eat your peas!”

I heard this phrase countless times while growing up, and for me, “peas” generally referred to the pile of green orbs scattered across my plate and hiding under the mashed potatoes on Wednesday nights, when meatloaf, mashed potatoes and peas were almost always on the menu.

I never minded peas. In fact, I liked them. My siblings…not so much. I remember my brother Andy having to sit at the dinner table for…well, a really long time. Did it make him eat his peas? Nope. It didn’t.

But this dip might have tempted him to eat the green anomaly on his plate.

What kid, or adult for that matter, doesn’t like a dip – especially one that tastes like springtime? This is the optimal time of year to maximize fresh produce and fresh flavors. Try this one today.

Green Pea and Chickpea Hummus
Serves 4 as an appetizer

1/2 lb frozen or fresh green peas
1 (14.5 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 cloves garlic
1/2 jalapeño pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
Water, as needed
2 scallions, finely chopped, or fresh basil for garnish

Cook the peas according to the directions on the bag, likely boiling them in salted water for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse the peas under cold water to stop further cooking.

Combine the peas, chickpeas, garlic, jalapeño, salt and pepper in a food processor and pulse until chopped. Add in the lemon juice, olive oil and yogurt and purée until evenly thick and blended. If the texture seems too thick, drizzle in water 1 teaspoon at a time until a more spreadable texture is achieved. Add more seasoning if required.

Chill and top with chopped scallions before serving, or fresh basil if you prefer a slightly milder spread.

Serve with crackers, pretzels, bread or assorted vegetable slices for a lively snack, or top a salad with a dollop of this hummus for a filling but light meal.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 453, Calories from Fat: 90, Fat: 10 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 28 mg, Carbohydrates: 71 g, Fiber: 21 g, Sugars: 14 g, Protein: 23g

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