Sunday, April 10, 2011

Snap Peas (and Eat. Live. Be. Week 15)

DISCLAIMER: I am not a nutritionist. Far from it. I indulge in chocolate chip cookies on a regular basis. I eat red meat on occasion and I have been known to eat too much ice cream during the summer. Way Too Much.

But one of the best things I have done for my health is to start eating a wide range of fruits and vegetables. I don't hesitate to pay top dollar for good quality produce when I have to (especially in the winter), and I make sure to choose a variety of colors and types. I eat obscene amounts of greens, and at least 3-4 fruits daily. They fill me up so I'm less likely to indulge on things that are less righteous. And, although I'm not a nutritionist and can't tell a Vitamin A from a Vitamin B, C, or D, I do know that fresh produce makes me feel good and provides me with loads of vitamins and good stuff.

This week on Eat. Live. Be, we're talking about the vitamins and supplements that we take for health. Uh. I don't take any. Like I said, I am not a nutritionist or health expert. I just choose to fuel myself with the 'real stuff' because it feels right to me. I figure that if I eat enough greens, reds, purples, and yellows, my body's getting all the good stuff just the way nature intended.

Works for me. What about you? Do you take any supplements? Please read on for one of my favorite simple ways to prepare vegetables.

Simple Sauteed Snap Peas
Serves 4; 15 minutes total time

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1 lb. snap peas
1/4 cup good dry white wine (don't skimp!!!)
salt to taste

Put the olive oil and sliced garlic into a large, preferably cast iron, frying pan. Heat it over medium-low heat till the garlic is softened and beginning to let off a lovely aroma, about 3 minutes. Be sure the heat's low enough that the garlic doesn't burn.

Add the snap peas and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the wine and cook for about 5 minutes longer. Be sure to stir from time to time so they cook evenly. When the peas are just warmed through and still bright green, remove the pan from the heat. Serve immediately or set aside at room temperature for later.

Here's a list of other bloggers participating in the Eat. Live. Be. ChallengeSarah, Cate, Maris, Chris, Faith, Kristen, Emily, Jenna, Joanne, Casey, Patsy, Tri-Fit Mom, Claire, Allison, Jen and Leslie.

Linking this up to Pennywise Platter Thursday.


  1. I love snap peas. They make fantastic snacks.

  2. about supplements -- my kids' pediatrician used to say that Americans have the healthiest urine in the world, b/c that's where most of the supplemental vitamins end up. The only way to be sure essential nutrients are being properly absorbed by the body is by eating properly. While supplements may help specific individuals with their individual deficiencies, anyone who eats like Rivki does shouldn't need supplements.

  3. Mmmmm...snap peas!!!

    Thanks for the recipe :)

  4. I love snap peas! I am the same way - I just try to eat a wide variety of veggies - the rainbow.

  5. I don't take supplements but try to eat a variety of fruits and veggies. Thank you for this delicious recipe

  6. yay!!! I don't take supplements either (except for calcium but that's because I was underweight for a while and thus probably have a tendency to not have enough of it) and don't believe in them! I'd rather just eat good food. These sugar snaps look delicious!

  7. I grew up on these little veggies because my dad was and stil is a farmer. I love them and the best way to cook and eat them is just how you did it. Flavorful yet simple! Love it

  8. Snap peas are a favorite of mine - especially when it's spring.

  9. This post just made me crave vegetables. I didn't think that was possible! Those peas look so great!

  10. I like the idea of eating Snap Peas. They look so pretty, fresh and green. But I can't eat them. There is something about the texture that I can't bear. These look amazing!

  11. Snap peas are one of my favorite snacks (they are great with hummus!), so I'm always happy when spring rolls around and they're in season again. :)

    Like you, I try to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, but I take flax oil and calcium supplements too. I rarely have more than a serving of dairy a day, if that, hence the calcium.

  12. Those sound delightful. I've never thought to use white wine with sugar snap peas, but it sounds like a great idea.

  13. Gosh I love how fresh and healthy and light this is! Perfect for springtime. Just perfect :)

  14. Won't be eating these for at least a week but look forward to them, after that.

    Happy Holiday. A zissen Pesach.

  15. I love the sugar snap peas you shared! I'm totally going to give that a try! Yum!!!


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