A little over 30 years ago I came up with this recipe and its name for two reasons. Pete had decided he hated vegetables, after months of eating real (not baby food) veggies. I had to come up with a way to get him to eat some vegetable and he had begun toddling around the house singing “Give Peace a Chance” except he sang peas instead of peace. Thus, Give Peas a Chance was born!
The Story of Give Peas a Chance
Our older son, Paul, had been born missing a kidney function so he ate huge amounts of everything! This was a toddler who loved pickled beets! But Pete was a problem. There were so many evenings Paul would have finished eating and already be in the living room playing while Pete and I sat in the kitchen, locked in an epic battle of wills. I was on the side of finishing the vegetables while Pete was firmly in the anti-vegetable corner. And, oh my, did we battle!
After weeks of telling him he had to finish his toddler size portion of vegetables and sitting until bath time at the table trying everything I could think of, I finally decided to try a different tactic. Instead of giving him the same bland vegetables and expecting him to love them, I’d cook something pretty exotic for a two-year old.
Now that Pete is in his 30’s I’ve revised the recipe very slightly but it’s basically the same toddler approved recipe I created back then.
There’s not much prep work to this recipe because who has time for prep when you have two toddlers? I just dice up 1/4 cup of onion, mince a couple of cloves of garlic, and measure out 2 cups of peas. This makes 4 servings but, even when the boys were tiny, I could count on Paul helping finish off the dish.
I put a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of olive oil in a small skillet. I melt the butter and swirl it around with the oil then I cook the onions, over medium heat, until they’re softened. Then I add the garlic and cook it for about 30 seconds. I just want to get the garlic fragrant.
Next I add the peas, stirring them to combine them with the onions and garlic. I cook them over medium heat until the peas are heated through. And that’s it! I’d estimate that, even with keeping an eye on two little ones, Give Peas a Chance takes less than 10 minutes to prep and another (less than) 10 minutes to cook.
I was a little nervous about the garlic when I first made it for toddler Pete. I knew he liked onions but garlic was a new flavor. There was no reason to worry. He absolutely loved peas this way! As the boys got older I added a little salt and pepper to the dish. We still get the great taste of the peas because the other ingredients are overpowering. Mr. Comfortable and I enjoy Give Peas a Chance regularly.
Give Peas a Chance
With just 5 ingredients you can Give Peas a Chance and your family will thank you!