Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sesame Snow Peas with Red Onion and Citrus

Tonight we are going out to dinner, which means we won’t be having a “healthy dinner”. Knowing this I decided we would eat uber healthy before dinner to moderate the net effect of dinner. This is a quick veggie dish that took under 10 minutes start to finish. Here is what we had.

Sesame Snow Peas with Red Onion and Citrus
Serves 2


1 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced top to bottom
2 tablespoon water
¾ pound snow peas. stems removed
2 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
1 inch fresh ginger, thinly sliced and julienned
1 tablespoon mirin (sweet rice vinegar)
1 tablespoon liquid aminos (or reduced sodium soy sauce)
1 tangerine, peeled and seeded
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
toasted sesame seed oil – optional


Water sauté the onion until it begins to soften, and then add the snow peas, garlic, ginger mirin, liquid aminos and cook for a few minutes to warm the snow peas. When the ingredients are evenly heated through turn off the heat and add the citrus segments and sesame seeds and stir to coat. If desired you can drizzle a little toasted sesame oil on the dish when you serve it.

Nutritional information (does not include the optional sesame oil):

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 158.4
Calories From Fat (14%) - 22.79

Total Fat - 2.92g
Saturated Fat - 0.44g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 492.87mg
Potassium - 554mg
Total Carbohydrates - 31.28g
Fiber - 7.1g
Sugar - 12.22g
Protein - 6.98g


The flavor of this dish is not overpowering but definitely not bland. I liked the little bit of sweetness the tangerines added. It would have been great over brown rice (if we weren’t going out tonight). Each serving of this dish contains approximately 2,200IU of vitamin A, 115mg of vitamin C, 150mg of calcium, 4.8mg of iron, 85mcg of folate, 40mcg of vitamin K, 135mg of phosphorus, and 70mg of magnesium. I thought the nutrition on this was rather amazing given the amount of calories.

Unrelated note:

I need to get moving and get ready for dinner tonight. We are going to DC this evening. With the “winter precipitation” we had overnight we are leaving earlier than usual.

I hope you all have a happy and healthy new year. Be back tomorrow.


  1. Looks wonderful.

    Have a great time tonight and Happy New Year!

  2. Rose,

    Thanks! :) We enjoyed it and it was ridiculously healthy.

    We will have a wonderful time. I hope you have a Happy New Year too!


  3. Hope you and your hubby have a wonderful time and a Very Happy New Year!

  4. I love snow peas, and so does my boyfriend, this is a great vegan dish that even he will enjoy (he's very much not vegan lol)

  5. Sounds lovely! And sometimes, you just have to say, "to heck with it!" Go out and enjoy :)

  6. Your food posts have been lookin' goooooood. Yum!

  7. These are my very favorite flavors in an Asian-inspired dish! Happy new year!

  8. Heather,

    Thanks. So far it was amazing! I hope you have a great NYE too!


    We had a magnificent dinner. Worth every penny and pound.


    I am so glad you like the sound of it. It can be difficult to find vegan dishes that non-vegans enjoy.


    We totally threw caution to the wind tonight and it was the best meal I have ever had. The mojito that was dropped into sodium alginate so that it formed a sphere and was served on a spoon was just one example of the amazing evening. I spent the entire two hours we were in the restaurant in awe.


    Thanks so much. I have been working hard to make our meals both healthy and pretty.

    I hope you all have a great evening,

  9. This quick and easy dish looks so wonderful! I just bought a big bottle of mirin from Japanese market last night, can't wait to use it.

    Wishing you and your lovely family a very very happy and healthy 2010!

  10. Hollafoodzone,

    I am glad I stumbled on a combination you enjoy. This happened because of what I had on hand today that sounded like it went together. The hubby and I both liked it.


    This one has your name written all over it. I have a big bottle of mirin too. It has been finding its way into many of my Asian inspired dishes lately.

    I hope you both have a happy and healthy new year,


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