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Mixed Peas with Almond and Basil

Pass the peas, please! As one of the most popular side-dishes in the U.S., green peas are a healthy, classic favorite. Green peas are most commonly bought canned or frozen. Fresh green peas can also be purchased at some grocery stores or farmers markets; however, they take some extra work to prepare – you’ll need to remove the pod and inner shells before eating the peas. Green peas are also called garden peas, English peas, field peas and sweet peas.

Servings: 8 | Prep/cook time: 15 minutes


  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup snow peas, trimmed
  • ⅔ cup sugar snap peas, halved lengthways
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp. toasted almonds, flaked


  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add leek and garlic, and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until leek softens.
  2. Meanwhile, cook peas, snow peas and sugar snap peas in a saucepan of boiling water for 2 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  3. Add peas to the leek mixture and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Add basil and almonds and toss to combine. Transfer to a serving platter and serve immediately