The stars of the week are…. Snow Peas! You often see snow peas in Chinese cuisine. The green, crisp, sweet taste is what attracts people the most. You can now find snow peas in markets because they are in season from spring through the beginning of winter. When choosing snow peas, make sure the pods snap when you bend them in half. That indicates the peas are at their freshest and sweetest stage. Snow peas also have high nutrition value in Vitamin K, calcium, potassium, folate, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A.
The recipe below comes from Discover the Secret to Healthy Living by the California 5 a Day – For Better Health Campaign. The soy sauce, sesame, and ginger add an Asian flair to this dish.
Sesame Chicken with Peppers and Snow Peas
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Makes 4 servings (1¼ cups per serving)
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
- 2 cups snow peas, trimmed
- 1 each medium red and green bell pepper, cubed
- 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1½ teaspoons brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 green onions, sliced
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Place sesame seeds in a large nonstick skillet; cook for 2 minutes over MEDIUM-HIGH heat until lightly browned. Remove from skillet and set aside.
- Spray same skillet with nonstick cooking spray.
- Add chicken; cook for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
- Add snow peas and bell peppers; stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes until vegetables are crisp tender.
- In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, water, brown sugar, and ginger; add to skillet.
- Cook for 5 minutes over MEDIUM-HIGH heat. Sprinkle with green onions and serve.
Nutrition Information Per Serving: Calories 180, Carbohydrate 10g, Protein 29g, Total Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 65mg, Sodium 480mg, Dietary Fiber 2g