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Inner Peas Perfect Pea Purée
Recipe from Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic: Eat (and Live!) the New French Way with Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Season, ©2015 Rebecca
Leffler. Reprinted with permission of the publisher, The Experiment.

Serve this tasty purée as a side dish, as a spread on toast or crackers, atop a salad, or as a creamy pesto for pasta or grains.

1 cup peas (thawed, if frozen)
2 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 garlic clove, peeled and sliced
pinch of cumin
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
salt and pepper to taste

Steam the peas for just one minute, then immediately place them under cold running water to stop the cooking. If desired, reserve some of the cooled peas for mixing in just before serving (this makes for a coarser texture with some crunch). Add the rest of the peas and the tahini, lemon juice and zest, garlic, cumin, and mint to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth and creamy. If you make the purée with frozen peas, you may wish to add a handful of fresh peas at the end. Add salt and pepper to taste. Makes 2 servings.

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