Super Sides ~ Sesame Snow Peas

Tahini Snowpeas

I’ve been trying to incorporate more green veggies into my diet and am getting tired of the same old same old. Broccoli be gone! Don’t even speak to me about kale! I know it is the darling of the food world but I don’t care for it (I love the less glamorous spinach and arugula), and my son thinks it is “the stinkiest thing ever!”

I was perusing the selection at the grocery store the other day and picked up a package of fresh snow peas. I love snow peas, they cook quickly and are a great flavor vessel, complimenting just about anything.

Tonight’s dinner is a compilation of leftovers, with these bright flavorful sesame snow peas on the side. The fact that they are also high in vitamins A, C and K is a super side bonus!

Sesame Snow Peas

8 ounces fresh snow peas, tops and tails trimmed

1/4 cup cold water

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 tablespoon tahini (sesame paste –  substitute peanut or cashew butter if you don’t have it)

1 teaspoon honey (use agave nectar or brown sugar for vegan option)

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

pinch cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Place snow peas and water in a covered microwave safe bowl or casserole dish. Cook for 3 minutes on high power. Carefully drain, then rinse snow peas in cold water briefly. Dry off the snow peas with a clean dish towel.

Place the rice vinegar, tahini, honey, salt and pepper in a serving bowl and whisk until well blended. Add the snow peas and sesame seeds and toss to coat. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Heat gently before serving, if desired. These snow peas are delicious served hot, cold or room temperature!