Minted Broad Beans and Peas

Some side dishes deserve to be celebrated in their own right and this treat is definitely one of them. On Saturday after our weigh in we hit the local farmers market, normally this would see us returning with bread and meats and pastry’s but this week, inspired by our 3.5 lb and 4lb weight losses we decided to bring home some equally delicious syn free foods.

We returned laden with fresh broad beans, raw beetroot and 2 extremely fresh, line caught mackerel.  On Sunday Afternoon as we sat down to watch a film I sat and shelled the broad beans not the quickest of jobs but I was distracted by the film and the effort was totally worth it.

This recipe is well worth a try even if you think you don’t like broad beans. When I was little my dad used to eat the tinned ones and my sister used to call them farts in a tin because she thought that’s what they smelt like! These fresh ones taste nothing like the tinned ones, plus the mint and spinach and sweetness from the onion make this grown up dish really enjoyable.

Marks out of ten from Luke = 5 (not a big broad bean fan)
super free foods = 2
speed foods = 4
syns on extra easy= 0 * (but remember when using it as a side dish that you will need something to go with it that is super free to make sure you are getting your 1/3 as the beans and peas aren’t super free, just free)

Minted Broad Beans and Peas.


– de-podded and shelled broad beans
– 1 oninon finely sliced
– spinach
– frozen peas
– 2 garlic cloves
– fresh mint leaves


Fry (in fry light) the onion garlic, allow them to go slightly brown. Add the broad beans and cook for a few minutes, add the peas and cook until they are defrosted. Add the spinach and chopped mint and cook until the leaves are wilted. Season with salt and pepper.

Top Tips

If the broad beans are older (big) you may want to steam them for a few minutes before adding them to the frying pan, if they are freshly picked and quite small (seasons first crop) then you won’t need to do this.


* Although I make every effort to correctly work out syns values, please be aware that syn values may vary depending where you buy certain items and that being human I do make mistakes. If using my recipes please double check the syn value for yourself, I would hate a mistake to sabotage anyone’s weight loss.


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