April 22, 2017 13

Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Mint + Sea Salt + scenes from joshua tree!

Roasted sugar snap peas with mint, salt, black pepper and a hint of lemon.
Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Mint + Sea Salt | Vegan, gluten-free, roasted sugar snap peas with mint, salt, black pepper and a hint of lemon completely transform in the oven. Spring peas at their best.

It isn’t a secret.

I had fallen deeply in love with the desert before but, Joshua Tree National Park was no ordinary desert. Joshua Tree is life-changing. I took this trip exactly three years ago today. I remember every twist and turn of the road.

Every strange angle of every peculiar tree.

Every red boulder.

That very blue sky.

It was a trip that will be etched in my mind forever. After a few nights in Los Angeles visiting friends and family, we woke up in Palm Springs. We were craving vastness and open skies and fresh air, so we set out for Joshua Tree. It was a heat wave. The desert was 113 degrees. But still, it seemed refreshing to leave LA traffic behind.

Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Mint + Sea Salt | Vegan, gluten-free, roasted sugar snap peas with mint, salt, black pepper and a hint of lemon completely transform in the oven. Spring peas at their best.

Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Mint + Sea Salt | Vegan, gluten-free, roasted sugar snap peas with mint, salt, black pepper and a hint of lemon completely transform in the oven. Spring peas at their best.

We entered the park from the west and drove the entirety in one swoop. With every turn in the road a new emotion rushed through my veins. It was a trip that will live inside of me forever. The desert is my spirit animal. The desert soothes my soul. And Joshua Tree is one of my favorite places on earth.

To honor Earth Day, I’ve partnered with some wonderful bloggers on an initiative to save our wild. Our Wild is a movement to protect national parks, forests, deserts, and wildlife refuges. Please take some time to read about what is at stake. If you are moved to take action, you can sign the petition or consider making a donation.

Follow along with #ourwild on Instagram.

And click to Sasha’s blog to see the full list of influencers who are fighting the good fight.

Roasted sugar snap peas.

This was the first meal I prepared when I returned home from the desert. It was salty, crunchy and yet still hydrating. All of the restorative things my body was craving after experiencing such waves of emotion. After absorbing such awestruck beauty. They come together in under twenty minutes and are roasted in a bright, citrus-y, mint vinaigrette.

Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Mint + Sea Salt + scenes from joshua tree! | Vegan, gluten-free, roasted sugar snap peas with mint, salt, black pepper and a hint of lemon completely transform in the oven. Spring peas at their best.

Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Mint + Sea Salt + scenes from joshua tree! | Vegan, gluten-free, roasted sugar snap peas with mint, salt, black pepper and a hint of lemon completely transform in the oven. Spring peas at their best.

Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Mint + Sea Salt + scenes from joshua tree! | Vegan, gluten-free, roasted sugar snap peas with mint, salt, black pepper and a hint of lemon completely transform in the oven. Spring peas at their best.

Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Mint + Sea Salt + scenes from joshua tree! | Vegan, gluten-free, roasted sugar snap peas with mint, salt, black pepper and a hint of lemon completely transform in the oven. Spring peas at their best.

Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Mint + Sea Salt + scenes from joshua tree! | Vegan, gluten-free, roasted sugar snap peas with mint, salt, black pepper and a hint of lemon completely transform in the oven. Spring peas at their best.

Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Mint + Sea Salt + scenes from joshua tree! | Vegan, gluten-free, roasted sugar snap peas with mint, salt, black pepper and a hint of lemon completely transform in the oven. Spring peas at their best.

Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Mint + Sea Salt

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Serves 2 - 4 servings     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sugar snap peas
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • coarse or kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Wash the peas, pat dry and trim the ends.
  3. In a food processor combine the mint, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pulse until all the mint and garlic is finely chopped. Toss the snap peas in the mint mixture and spread them out onto the baking sheet in a single layer.
  4. Roast for 20 minutes or until brown and crispy, flipping halfway. Sprinkle with a generous amount of salt and serve warm.
Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Mint + Sea Salt | Vegan, gluten-free, roasted sugar snap peas with mint, salt, black pepper and a hint of lemon completely transform in the oven. Spring peas at their best.

 

13 Responses to "Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Mint + Sea Salt + scenes from joshua tree!"

  1. Reply

    Sophie MacKenzie

    April 22, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    My heart and soul relates to every word you say about the dessert. While I have yet to ever visit the America South West, it calls my name like no other place on Earth. Speaking of calling my name, these snap peas look damn fine! xox

  2. Reply

    amanda paa

    April 23, 2017 at 8:47 PM

    You describe the dessert in a way that would make any one want to go. I can imagine that it is so incredibly different and awe inspiring than any other landscape we have in the U.S.
    And the snap peas, well, I know I’d be grabbing them off the pan instead of plate. Yum.

  3. Reply

    Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    April 24, 2017 at 5:55 AM

    I can’t wait to make these babes once we have some farm snap peas. I love the flavors and just how simple they are. Perfect way to showcase summer produce! These desert photos are dreamy. It’s been a very long time since I’ve been to the desert. I think I need to change that soon.

  4. Reply

    Andrea

    April 24, 2017 at 7:06 AM

    I have to have it! It looks great – quick and healthy! Love, Gram.

  5. Reply

    Aysegul Sanford

    April 24, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    It is funny because last year we thought that we were going to move there. Though I am happy that our home is now in Vermont, looking through your photos I wish I could visit Joshua Tree Park someday. I am all for the salty and minty flavors. These sugar snap peas will make an appearance on our table sometime next week. Cheers!

  6. Reply

    Sasha

    April 24, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Thanks so much for joining the campaign, and for this wonderful post. You rock!

  7. Reply

    Brian @ A Thought For Food

    April 24, 2017 at 5:53 PM

    Hahaha! That dinosaur is amazing. I love all of these pictures (sugar snap peas are my freaking favorite). And you have me wanting to book a flight out there right now. What a great way to honor Earth Day. With everything that’s been going on, how our environment and science are being completely neglected, it’s even more important to vocalize our love of nature. So, thank you.

  8. Reply

    Jennifer Farley

    April 25, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    I love all of these photos so much! I’d love to visit there someday. And what a lovely campaign. And recipe! All good things.

  9. Reply

    Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    April 25, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    Looking forward to spring snaps so I can roast em up! Delectable. I’ve been to Joshua Tree National Park once and every word, Sherrie, is my memory. Etherial, peaceful and grand. I recall seeing my first cactus wren there and the most unusual but beautiful, Joshua Tree. Thank you for sharing, for brining awareness.

  10. Reply

    Jodi

    April 26, 2017 at 7:10 AM

    I just love this initiative by you ladies! Food is ever so connected to the earth. It is the earth! We’re just lucky we get to cook with it and play with it and make it oh so pretty like you do every time, Sherrie. Now I’m dreaming of crips spring greens and the dessert sun (as it snows here!). Be well x

  11. Reply

    michelle @ hummingbird high

    April 26, 2017 at 7:59 AM

    I loved this campaign and seeing everyone’s beautiful photos of our national parks! Now that I live in New York, none of them are as accessible to me and it just breaks my heart to be so far from nature. Oh well. These sugar snap peas are so pretty; I love their vibrant color!

  12. Reply

    alana

    April 27, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    Obsessed with all of this. Now I wanna get outside and explore! Also, hello spring peas! YAY for spring produce!

  13. Reply

    Sara @ Cake Over Steak

    April 28, 2017 at 7:31 PM

    I’m not usually a fan of snap peas but I think I could totally get down with these. That mint and citrus would bring them more to my palate. And you make the desert sound amazing.

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