Peas, Pearls and Fresh Mint

Has Spring fever hit you yet?  The snow is melting, you don’t have to put 4 layers of clothes on, the winter boots are almost (fingers crossed!) in storage and there is daylight past 5 pm.  I feel like doing a dance every time I jump out of bed in the morning and to celebrate, here’s a dish that will bring all the bright colors of the season to your table and it’s a perfect side in the Easter menu series.

Peas, Pearls and Fresh Mint | Simply Fresh Dinners

This recipe has only 3 ingredients and comes together in 10 minutes.  It’s a great accompaniment to any entrée because it’s full of fresh taste without being overwhelming.  Peas are low fat but high everything else.  A cup of peas has less than 100 calories but lots of protein, fiber and micronutrients.  Just one cup of peas contains 44% of your Vitamin K which helps to anchor calcium inside of your bones.   For more green pea nutrition facts, you can check out this helpful site that will tell you about all of your favorite veggies.

Peas and Pearls 012

If you can’t find red pearl onions, I would use regular red onions so that you have that nice color contrast.  According to the World’s Healthiest Foods  “The flavonoids in onion tend to be more concentrated in the outer layers of the flesh.  To maximize your health benefits, peel off as little of the fleshy, edible portion as possible when removing the onion’s outermost paper layer.  Even a small amount of “overpeeling” can result in unwanted loss of flavonoids. For example, a red onion can lose about 20% of its quercetin and almost 75% of its anthocyanins if it is “overpeeled.”

There are lots of types of mint that you could add here such as peppermint, spearmint and blackmint.  All of them will work equally well.

We’re almost at the end of our Easter menu series and the last dish is a little decadent but portion control takes care of that.   We’re all entitled to a little richness in our lives, aren’t we?  I am very curious about what you are cooking for Easter and would love if you shared with me in the comments.   And as always, I welcome pics – of your recipes or ones you’ve cooked from here.

Enjoy the lovely warm weather, everyone.  I think it’s going to take a few weeks for us to thaw out.  Cheers!Peas and Pearls 057b

Produce for this post provided by Nicholyn Farms.


Peas, Pearls and Fresh Mint
Author: (adapted from Martha Stewart)
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 10
  • 10 ounces of red pearl onions
  • kosher salt
  • (1 tablespoon) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen petite green peas
  • 1/2 cup small fresh mint leaves
  1. Cut an X in stem end of each onion. Cook in salted boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes. Drain, and peel.
  2. Heat butter and water in a pan over medium-high heat. Add onions, and cook for 4 minutes. Stir in peas and 3/4 teaspoon salt, and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in mint. Serve immediately.

Peas, Pearls and Fresh Mint | Simply Fresh Dinners


  • Reply
    Anita Rivera
    March 22, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Good morning Robyn! Well, I have to admit I don’t care for peas; maybe it was during school lunches when we were served canned peas that put me off, but I’m sure your recipe here (and even fresh peas) could make a difference for me! Always are your presentations tempting and offer a new perspective! HAPPY SUNDAY! Anita

    • Reply
      March 23, 2015 at 7:42 am

      LOL, I’m with you, Anita. Canned peas are a terrible memory of my childhood. You’ll have to give them another try because fresh peas (and frozen) are the best! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend, fabulous friend!
      Robyn recently posted…Peas, Pearls and Fresh MintMy Profile

  • Reply
    GiGi Eats
    March 23, 2015 at 1:04 am

    I think I need to try peas again…. Or I could just try green beans instead in this recipe, or Lima Beans?!
    GiGi Eats recently posted…Notsa CarbonaraMy Profile

  • Reply
    March 23, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Hmmmm, beans with onions work but beans with mint? Can’t quite imagine the taste, Gigi, but it’s always worth a try, lol. Thanks for visiting!
    Robyn recently posted…Peas, Pearls and Fresh MintMy Profile

  • Reply
    March 23, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Hi Robyn! This is a great flavor combination and I can’t wait to try it, especially with fresh peas. There’s just something about fresh peas that never comes through in canned or frozen, though I’m sure the frozen ones in this dish are fantastic. Anyway. This sounds scrumptious with added onion and mint. Love it and pinning it. Have a wonderful week!
    Marie recently posted…Quinoa Stuffed Baked ApplesMy Profile

  • Reply
    March 29, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Hi Robyn,
    I love peas and this sound wonderful with the fresh mint and onions added. I really didn’t realize that peeling too much of the outside or onion was depleting the nutrients that much. Thanks for the tip. Pinned & twitted. thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays.
    Marla recently posted…Comment on Real Food Friday #81 – Spring Has Sprung With Healthy Ideas by mgatesMy Profile

    • Reply
      March 29, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      We’re always learning more and more about food, aren’t we? The info is endless! Thanks so much for the shares, Marla! Hope your weekend is fabulous.

  • Reply
    Miz Helen
    March 31, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Hi Robyn,
    This is a great Spring combination, looks so good! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very special weekend!
    Miz Helen
    Miz Helen recently posted…Ham and Asparagus Roll Up with Apricot SauceMy Profile

  • Reply
    Easter Sunday Menu - Simply Fresh Dinners
    August 17, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    […] Peas, Pearls and Fresh Mint […]

  • Leave a Reply

    CommentLuv badge