English peas with fava beans

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This is a simple yet delicious side dish. Fresh young peas and fava beans pair so well together, a real taste of springtime, surprisingly easy to find around here even in the fall and winter. Keeping the seasonings to a minimum allows their delicate green flavor to be the star. Use a high quality vegan buttery spread like Earth Balance (as someone who loves the taste of butter, I think it’s a very respectable stand-in) for best results.  Serves 2-3 as a side, scales up easily.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups fresh English peas
  • 1/2 cup fresh fava beans (about 8-10 pods’ worth)
  • 1 Tbsp Earth Balance or other vegan buttery spread
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh finely ground black pepper

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Shell the English peas and fava beans. Note that fava beans are a little more labor intensive because they have a shell around each bean in addition to the outer pod – it can be removed by gently scoring the beans with a sharp knife then peeling it off.

Place the legumes in a small frying pan along with the buttery spread, salt and pepper. Bring to medium-high heat and periodically stir gently as the butter melts, to coat evenly. Turn off the heat as soon as the peas turn bright green and steamy. Serve immediately, while still hot. Enjoy!

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