Green peas, whether fresh or frozen are loaded with protein, fiber, anti-cancer phytochemicals and an assortment of powerhouse vitamins and minerals including osteoporosis-fighting vitamin K. Plus, green peas are a nitrogen-fixing crop, beneficial for Mother Earth!  Try this yummy green pea hummus recipe and peas may be your new favorite food. Isn’t this way beyond your wildest childhood dreams?

Usually, hummus is made from chickpeas, but this version uses green peas, which are packed with health protective phytonutrients and fiber. One of these phytonutrients—a polyphenol called coumestrol–may offer protection against stomach cancer based on a study conducted in Mexico City. According to the study, daily consumption of green peas along with other legumes lowers risk of stomach cancer (gastric cancer), especially when daily coumestrol intake from these legumes is 2 milligrams or higher. Since one cup of green peas contains about 10 milligrams of coumestrol, it’s not difficult to obtain this health benefit. Besides, the sweet and starchy taste of green peas make this hummus delicious. Serve with cut up veggies and rice crackers. 

Ingredients (choose organic when available):

  • 1 cup fresh peas or frozen peas, thawed
  • 4 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin

Combine peas, walnuts, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and cumin in a blender, Vitamixer or food processor; process until smooth about 45 seconds.

Serves 4

Nutrition Facts per serving (57 grams): 83 calories, 4.8 grams fat, 178 mg sodium, 102 mg potassium, 7 grams carbs, 3 grams dietary fiber, 4.1 grams protein, high in vitamins A and C.