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Who’s ready for a beautiful summer brunch?
In the last little bit, I’ve shared some of my favorite brunch dishes. First, we have the Lemon Drop Crêpes…
Followed by a savory Summer Vegetable Frittata…
Today… To round off the entire meal, I’m sharing a perfect side dish, Peas with Bacon…
To me, fresh peas just scream summer. I’ve loved peas my whole life. I know they are one of those love-em-or-hate-em foods, but I LOVE them. I have fond memories of my mom giving me little bowls of frozen peas to snack-on while she was making dinner when I was little.
For this menu, I thought a nice peas dish would round out the menu nicely. I’m keeping it simple with just a few basic ingredients.
Peas with Bacon
1 10 oz. package of fresh or frozen peas
1 tablespoon I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter®
1/2 of a small white onion diced
3 pieces of thick cut bacon (feel free to substitute with turkey bacon as a lighter option!)
Cut your bacon into small pieces called lardons and cook in a medium sauté pan over medium heat until fully cooked. Remove the bacon and drain the remaining bacon grease. I also wipe the pan out with a paper towel to remove as much of the bacon grease as possible. As much as I love to have the bacon in this and many other dishes, I don’t want to use the bacon grease as the fat to cook my food in. Any kind of animal fat is full of saturated or trans fat that we don’t really need in our diet, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t have any kind of fat.
When I am planning out meals for my family, I look for ways to add good fats to our meals, such as plant-based fats like avocados, sunflower oil, almonds (which contain omega-3 ALA) and salmon (which contain omega-3 EPA/DHA fatty acids). I’ve found one of the easiest ways to incorporate some of those good fats is to use I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter® to my meal planning. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter® has 40% fewer calories and 70% less saturated fat than butter per serving. Not to mention, it has no artificial flavors, no artificial preservatives and no partially hydrogenated oils. It has non-GMO sourced ingredients, it’s cholesterol-free with 0 grams of trans fats per serving plus so much more! Now that’s the kind of good fat that I want my family eating. You can find out all kinds of good stuff about I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter® HERE.
With all that… I took out as much bacon grease out of my pan as possible and replaced it with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter®. I let the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter melt in the pan and then add the onion and let it sweat.
After a minute or two I add the peas. If you are using fresh peas make sure you steam them first.
Sauté the peas for 3-4 minutes in the onion and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter add salt & pepper to taste. When the peas are cooked through, add your bacon and give it a toss.
Add to a serving bowl and top with a dollop of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter & chives if you have them on hand…
This tasty side-dish rounds out our summer brunch menu. All you need to complete the menu is to add some fresh fruit and a tasty drink like my Herbal Tea Lemonade and it will be lovely!
One serving (1 Tbsp.) contains 295mg of omega-3 ALA, which is 18% of the 1.6g daily value for ALA
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! sources ingredients that are not genetically modified. However, in the field-to-tub journey of making our buttery spread there is some contact with genetically modified vegetable oils, resulting in a small amount in this product.2