This post is sponsored by San Miguel Produce. We've teamed up with Jade Asian Greens, who provided the vegetables, to bring you a protein-rich vegan breakfast featuring nutrient-dense snow pea shoots.
Christmas came early when we received a giant box of vegetables from a farm in Southern California. Yes, that's how some of us green-loving people like Christmas! (Hint, hint.) In the box were packets of baby bok choy and dau miu and the reason we've been showered with all these wonderful leafy greens is that I've been commissioned to develop some recipes for the Jade Asian Greens website.
Nothing gets me more excited than writing about vegetables! I'm glad to know that my recent posts about finding and cooking Asian vegetables were something that you really enjoyed, especially this one on Asian greens. Today, we're turning our attention to snow pea shoots, known in Chinese as dau miu. And the recipe I'm sharing is a delicious way to sneak in healthy greens into your breakfast or brunch.
Snow pea shoots are exactly what the name says they are, tender greens from the snow pea plant. The snow pea pods that often appear in the mixed vegetable stir-fry dishes we get at Asian restaurants are not the only part of the plant that can be enjoyed. The leaves, stems and tendrils are prized too for their delicate grassy flavor reminiscent of the peas, but lighter.
These microgreens contain beneficial nutrients and are extremely high in vitamin A and K as well as folate and manganese. I've been told that they are at their best in the spring and early summer but that the fall harvest can be promising too.
The shoots of any type of pea can be grown for eating, but author and gardener Wendy Kiang-Spray writes in her book The Chinese Kitchen Garden that she likes the characteristics of snow pea shoots best. According to her, they are also the shoots most commonly found in Asian supermarkets and restaurants.
In Chinese cooking, snow pea shoots are quickly wok-tossed and minimally seasoned, as to not overwhelm the integrity of their mild flavor and texture. My dad, who used to cook for his own restaurant, likes them lightly stir-fried with just a little oil and garlic.
This recipe I've written for Jade Asian Greens is my vegan adaptation of the Chinese tomato and egg dish, with eggs being substituted by tofu, a rich plant-based source of protein. As snow pea shoots require only a short cooking time, they are wilted by the heat from tomatoes lightly cooked with garlic and ginger. Chunks of crumbled firm tofu are then added and quickly scrambled together with the mixture. All in all, it takes 15 minutes tops to make. Served with toast or corn tortillas, it makes for a quick and easy vegan breakfast that's bound to leave you full and satisfied.
Jade Asian Greens is the first packaged and ready-to-use fresh Asian greens on the market since 2008. It is part of San Miguel Produce, a sustainable family-owned farm that processes and ships the greens they grow year-round in Oxnard in Southern California.
My snow pea shoots were picked, washed, cut, and bagged right before they were shipped overnight to me. They came in high-tech bags made of special, breathable material designed to allow gasses to escape so that the greens stay fresh longer. I noticed that my shoots remained in top condition in unopened bags even after several days of refrigeration and tasted just as good as the day they arrived.
You can find Jade Asian Greens in the produce section of your supermarket. If you come across a bag of snow pea shoots or dau miu, don't miss the chance to try this recipe!
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