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Garlic Stir-Fried Snow Peas & Pea Greens


From EatingWell:  March/April 2013

This healthy, fresh snow pea stir-fry recipe is fragrant with garlic and ginger. It incorporates pea greens, also known as pea shoots, the leaves, tendrils and flowers of a mature pea plant. Adding a little garlic scape pesto at the end gives an added subtle garlicky flavor. Garlic scapes are green, spiral-shaped sprouts that appear on the top of garlic plants in the spring. Look for them at farmers’ markets in the spring and early summer. Regular garlic cloves can be used as a substitute for garlic scapes in the garlic scape pesto recipe. Use any leftover pesto in scrambled eggs, added to soup or in pasta sauces.

4 servings, about 2/3 cup each | Active Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes


Garlic Scape Pesto



  1. To prepare pesto: Pulse garlic scapes (or garlic) in a food processor until well chopped. Add oil and process until somewhat smooth. (Makes about 2/3 cup.)
  2. To prepare stir-fry: Heat oil in a large flat-bottomed carbon-steel wok or large, heavy skillet over high heat until shimmering. Add garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, until fragrant, 10 to 15 seconds. Add peas; cook, stirring, until bright green and the garlic is light brown, about 1 minute. Stir in pea greens (or sprouts) and Garlic Scape Pesto to taste. Add soy sauce; cook, stirring, until the pea greens are starting to wilt, 30 seconds to 1 minute.


Per serving : 138 Calories; 5 g Fat; 0 g Sat; 3 g Mono; 0 mg Cholesterol; 21 g Carbohydrates; 7 g Protein; 3 g Fiber; 148 mg Sodium; 330 mg Potassium

1 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 4 vegetable, 1 fat

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