How to Prepare Green Peas with Onion

Peas are really little powerhouses of nutrition that are a boon for your health and the whole planet. Read all their benefits, how to use them properly, and a sample recipe

Some Health Benefits of Peas

Weight Management:

Peas are low fat but high everything else. A cup of peas has less than 100 calories but lots of protein, fiber, and micro-nutrients.

Stomach cancer prevention:

Peas contain high amounts of a health-protective polyphenol called coumestrol. A study in Mexico City determined you only need 2 milligrams per day of this phytonutrient to prevent stomach cancer. A cup of peas has at least 10.

Prevent constipation:

The high fiber content in peas improves bowel health and peristalsis.

Healthy bones

Just one cup of peas contain 44% of your Vitamin K which helps to anchor calcium inside the bones. It’s B vitamins also help to prevent osteoporosis.

Reduces bad cholesterol:

The niacin in peas helps reduce, the production of triglycerides and VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein, which results in in less bad cholesterol, increased HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and lowered triglycerides.

How to Buy and Cook:

When shopping or harvesting, choose smaller green peas as they tend to be sweeter. Eat the pods all by themselves as a nutritious snack or as a lovely addition to green salads and gently-heated stir fries. The small round peas inside by themselves make great soup, such as split pea or a smooth green pea puree.

If you can’t have fresh green peas, the frozen variety retains their color, texture, and flavor better than canned, and it’s great to know that the above characteristics aren't affected when they’re frozen for one to three months. But neither frozen nor canned peas have an unlimited shelf life. Research on the matter has shown that the nutrient content of frozen peas begins to diminish during storage, so they should be eaten within six to 12 months. But of course, fresh green peas will always provide far better nutrition. If you won’t be using fresh green peas on the day of purchase, they should be refrigerated as quickly as possible to preserve their sugar content and prevent them from converting to starch. Unwashed, unshelled peas stored in the refrigerator in a bag or unsealed container will keep for several days and also can be blanched – dipped in boiling water – for one or two minutes before the freezing process.

Green Peas with Onion Recipe

Green Peas with Onion

Peas are a welcome side dish. Feel free to try the different variations to entice your taste buds.


↬1 medium onion, sliced
↬1 teaspoon minced garlic
↬2 tablespoons butter
↬1 package frozen peas
↬3 tablespoons water
↬¹/₂ teaspoon salt
↬¹/₄ teaspoon pepper


In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic in butter until tender. Add peas and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until peas are tender. Season with salt and pepper.
Green pea, rice and chicken

Serve with rice and chicken or with anything you desire.
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