Monday, March 17, 2008

Turkish Peas ("Bezelye")



Did you know that one cup of green peas gives you 1/2 a day's Vitamin K? Peas also are high in Vitamin C and fiber. With a couple of potatoes, a couple bags of frozen peas, a carrot, a bit of ground meat, and some tomato paste . . . you have a meal! This is naturally gluten-free (GF), casein-free (GFCF), soy-free (GFCFSF), egg-free, and corn-free. (Note that peas are in the legume family, so those with peanut allergies may want to click HERE)

Ingredients:
2 lbs. frozen green peas
2 to 3 potatoes
1 or 2 carrots
1/2 to 1 onion
1/4 lb. ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken...)
1/2 of a 6-oz. can of tomato paste
Approx. 1 Tbsp. dill weed (dry or fresh; this is key to the flavor, I think)
Approx. 1 Tbsp. salt
Some oil (olive, refined coconut, canola...)
Some water

Preparation:
Peel and chop potatoes, carrots, and onions. If you have a sensory child, you may want to dice instead of chop (but then cook on lower heat so veggies don't get too mushy).

Directions:
Sautee onions in oil. Add ground meat and brown. Add tomato paste and about 1 cup of water; stir. Add potatoes, carrots, and peas. Add enough water to cover veggies PLUS a couple inches. (In my pot, this is about 10 cups of water.) Add dill and salt. Bring to a boil on med-high or high heat then reduce to medium and cook for about 30 minutes, or until peas and potatoes are soft.

Serving:
No side dish needed, since your meat, veggie, and starch are all in one pot. Eat like a soup/stew. Dunk some GF bread if you're so inclined!

Yield:
Makes enough for a family of 4 with leftovers.

Cost:
Approximately $9 (including leftovers, and I shop at Whole Foods!)

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