Here’s a quick and easy dish packed with power foods. Sweet potato, green peas, and tomatoes cooked with curry powder until heated through and then sprinkled with cilantro. What could be easier? Or healthier?
I thought this was the perfect healthy dish to post for this week’s return of the 38 Power Foods blog group following our holiday hiatus. We’re now completed 2/3 of a project to cook our way through Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients (by Martha Stewart and the editors of Whole Living Magazine).
Health Benefits of Green Peas
Rod and I both love peas. But I’ve never really thought of them as a nutritional powerhouse. In the past, I’ve even felt a little guilty when eating them since they’re so starchy, sweet and delicious (especially with mashed potatoes).
So, imagine my delight when I discovered that in addition to being a great source of fiber, protein and Vitamin C, green peas are loaded with a host of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phyto-nutrients. Now I have one more thing to feel good about as I begin 2013: My love of peas!
Curried Sweet Potatoes with Green Peas
With just 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving, this simple curried sweet potatoes with green peas is a 38 Power Foods winner. It’s 3 primary ingredients - sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and this week’s ingredient – peas – are all on the list. The recipe is from a great little cookbook, Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet, by Nava Atlas, which is full of quick, easy, healthy recipes made from common grocery store ingredients.
- 3 large sweet potatoes, baked (or microwaved) in their skins until done but still firm
- 2 cups frozen green peas, thawed
- 1 can (14 to 16 ounces) diced tomatoes
- 1 to 2 teaspoons good quality curry powder, or to taste
- Salt to taste
- 2 to 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
- Bake or microwave the sweet potatoes in their skins, until done but still firm. When they are cool enough to handle, peel and chop them into large 1-inch pieces.
- Put the peas and tomatoes in a large saucepan set over medium heat and bring bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in the sweet potatoes and curry powder.
- Season to taste with salt.
- Lower the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through.
- Stir in the cilantro and serve.
Be sure to check out what these other participating bloggers have cooked up with green peas. (If you are interested in joining us, contact Mireya at My Healthy Eating Habits. We’d love to have you join us.)
- Alyce - More Time at the Table
- Ansh - Spice Roots
- Jeanette - Jeanette’s Healthy Living
- Mireya - My Healthy Eating Habits
- Sarah - Everything in the Kitchen Sink
- Chaya - My Sweet & Savory
- Minnie - The Lady 8 Home
- Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients
- Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet
- The World’s Healthiest Foods: Green Peas
More Weight Watchers Friendly Recipes Using Green Peas
- Weight Watchers Green Pea Soup with Yogurt Dill Cream (Weight Watchers)
- Baked Rice & Peas (SkinnyTaste)
- Fresh Pea & Feta Crostinis (Slender Kitchen)
- Easy Healthy Shrimp Risotto with Peas (Simple Nourished Living)