When we are up at our lovely cabin...and I feel like I should clarify: When I say "cabin," you might get the idea that it's one of those sweet and cozy north woods log homes, where everybody sleeps in one room because you're not up there to be comfortable but to be outside... but the truth is, our "cabin" is really a "lake home." It's lovely. It was created to be a place for us to gather as a large family, and to make awesome family memories. CHECK! It's really an amazing place, and we are lucky to have it.
Anyways... when we are up at our cabin, it's one of those places filled with family food traditions. There's the snack mix. And the special-K bars. And the popcorn. And the tacos. And the candy bowl. And amazing homemade dinners by Grandma. And always a delicious green salad. (My mom would want me to point out that it's not ALL unhealthy eating! There ya go, Ma.) But food is something that bring families together. It brings our family together, for sure!
But sometimes you just want something healthy. Something GREEN, perhaps? And I was kind of tired of the SALAD... I mean, they're great... but they're just sooo.... leafy? Me and leaves. It's one of those obligatory relationships.
So when Jer-Bear brought in some snap peas from the garden and I thought, YES! I WILL EAT THOSE GREEN THINGS AND MAKE THEM DELICIOUS.
Which is what I did! I played around with some recipes, and came up with this delightful Spicy Thai Snap Peas. Oh yum. They're crisp and refreshing, and definitely have a kick - cause I like stuff with a kick. With LOTS of peanuts. Cause peanuts always make everything better. And, like my mom did with her Sweet Lime Cabbage Salad, we used the infused grapeseed oil... which is just soooo good.
Some ideas for changing this up - cause it's just sooooooo uber simple (sorry I keep using so many oooooo's... actually, I'm noooot. Just kidding). It can be so many things - Add some shredded carrots? Or use Sesame Oil? Or switch up the kick to chili powder? Or add in some hot peppers? Just a few ideas swimming around my kooky head.
They're best hot off the stove...Don't do what I did, which was bring them excitedly down to the beach to share with the beach-goers and then let them sit in the 90-degree heat for too overly long. I mean, they were good those first few minutes. But then? Wellll.... they are not meant to be eaten on the beach. Sadly.
I even had my friend Niki try them. Here she is, crying while chopping onions:
Niki is a great cook. And she's honest. She would tell me if they weren't good. So, go ahead - take Niki's word for it!
- 1 lb Snap peas
- 2 tbs. Infused Grapeseed Oil (or whatever oil you prefer)
- 1 lime
- Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/2 C. Peanuts
- Salt/Pepper to taste
- Sautee the snap peas in the oil for just a few minutes.
- Sprinkle on the red pepper flakes to taste... I like a lot of red pepper flakes! Yum.
- Take them off the heat, and squeeze the juice of 1 lime on top.
- Sprinkle on the peanuts... you are ready to go. Piece of cake!
p.s.: Still working on that video update. Stillll working on it.... I won't promise "next up" again. I promise.