Spring is in the Air

Spring is my favorite time of year; fresh flowers emerging from the soil, more people are out walking around, and fresh veggies at the store. I wait all year for asparagus to hit the grocery stores. That’s when I know spring is coming…that and I love seeing daffodils and crocuses pop up from the soil. These little flowers are the sunshine on a cloudy, overcast, or rainy day. What do you love most about spring? or What are some of your favorite spring fruits/veggies?

I picked up some fresh basil from the store and created a simple green pea dip. It has a bit of sweetness from the peas with a hint of the basil. I enjoyed it warm but I’m sure it would taste just as good chilled.

Basil Green Pea Dip

Basil is high in flavonoids and is a good source of calcium and iron, vitamin C and potassium. In addition, the essential oils from basil are anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory benefiting those with inflammatory conditions. Green peas provide protein and fiber, along with vitamins A, K, C, various B vitamins, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, and zinc. Interestingly, I was reading that 1 cup of green peas provides roughly 30 mg of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega 3 fatty acid that helps to reduce inflammation and is beneficial for the heart.

  • 2 cups green peas, frozen
  • ½ cup water
  • 6 large basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon miso
  • Salt, pepper to taste

In a small pan, heat green peas with the 1/2 cup water over low heat for a few minutes to defrost peas. When peas are soft, add to blender along with remaining ingredients, except miso. Blend until all ingredients are all mixed together.

If dip is not too hot, add in the miso and re-blend (the beneficial cultures in miso will be destroyed if the dip is too hot…if you burn your tongue, the dip is too hot). I had to let my mixture cool a bit before I added the miso because I let my peas come to a boil but you can blend ingredients right after the peas become soft or defrost your peas first and skip heating them). Taste and add salt and pepper as you desire.

Serve warm or chilled. Enjoy!

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