Spring has sprung, and that means peas are in season! From English peas to snow peas to sugar snap peas, there’s so much you can do with this versatile veggie. Our test kitchen director Janet McCracken recently went on Pix11 News to talk about it, but there’s only so much you can fit into a short TV segment. Did you know that three-quarters of a cup of peas has more protein than an entire egg? Or that the eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes ordered exactly 12 peas for dinner most nights? It’s true! Flip to page 25 in our May issue for more fun facts, cooking tips and recipes (wasabi pea stir-fry, anyone?). And while you’re here, check out some of our favorite reci-peas from the Rachael Ray Every Day archive (see what we did there?).
What are your favorite things to make with peas? Tell us in the comments below!
We love a fresh and hearty dish that’s still light and springy. Now that it’s mid-April, it’s the perfect time to break out all your greens. This week’s meal planner tastes like spring in a nutshell, so get cracking!
Monday, April 13
If you’ve made a visit to the farmers market within the last two months, you may have noticed an influx of a scallion-looking vegetable called a ramp. These spring onions have gained some serious popularity within the last few years, and for good reason: their strong flavor of garlic and onion is rich and enticing, and keep any spring dish tasting fresh and flavorful. Though they are also known as wild leeks, ramps are more similar in taste, texture and cooking method to scallions. Due to their potent flavor, though, you can use less of a ramp to add flavor to a dish than you would need of a scallion, leek or chive.
Can’t find a recipe that calls for ramps? Here are some good substitutions:
Blend them into pesto with pasta
Chop up the greens for hush puppies
Fold them into a goat cheese tart
Just remember! Ramps are only in season until early spring, so get ‘em while you still can!