Vegeterian’s Dream – Peas and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce

To “peas” or not to “peas” – that was the question that night when we were discussing what to have for dinner. I insisted to add peas to my dish since I love its flavor. Teddy (my fiance) wanted to add okra, but this time I was the winner in this argument. Wondering how – women power?

Here are a few of the reasons why  peas:

  • peas is low in fat and high in everything else.
  • a cup of peas has less than 100 calories
  • But lots of protein, fiber and micronutrients. Interested to learn more about peas benefits click here.

It took me about 25-30 min to cook.

What’s needed:
– a can of peas/ or a cup of frozen peas (If you use for your dish the canned peas, please choose the one with the least amount of sodium if any at all)
– 2 medium size potatoes
– 1 medium size red onion
– 1 carrot
–  chopped fresh dill (if you don’t have any available, I usually chop up some and put it in a ziplock bag and place it in the freezer for cases like that)
– 2 cloves of fresh garlic (sliced)
– 2 tablespoons of flour (optional)
– 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce or 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
– olive oil
– salt
– pepper
– 2 tablespoons of red pepper

This dish is very light and perfect for spring.

How to prepare it:
Chop up the onion and the carrot, slice the garlic and throw them in the warmed up olive oil just like an artist throwing paint on a canvas.
Then cut up the potatoes in cubes and add them to the veggies in about 3 minutes when the onions have become a little bit softer. Fill up the cooking pan with water and add the tomato sauce. Boil the potatoes for about 10 min. Then add the can of peas with its water or add  the frozen peas.

peas in tomato sauce

Add salt, pepper, red pepper, and black pepper. If you want you can also add Vegetta or Vegetable Broth but I don’t usually do that. If you like spicy food, feel free to add spicy red pepper. In about 10-15 min see if the potatoes are soft enough to be edible. If they are, mix up 2 spoons of flour in a little bit of lukewarm water. When added to the existing broth, flour thickens the sauce and makes it just perfect to dip pieces of my home made bread. So, pour the flour mix slowly into the cooking dish while stirring. You must stir for about a minute or until everything is well mixed together. Let it boil for a about 3-4 more minutes.

flour mix

Once you do that, the broth will become more of an orange color and will be a bit thicker. The final and I would say most important thing is to add the chopped up fresh dill. Dill brings the spring into your dish. You must know that the dill needs to be added at the end o

Serve it in a flat plate with a piece of bread.
Enjoy and Happy Baba Marta to all Bulgarians bringing the spring mood.

peas ready

martenitsa

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