Friday, October 26, 2012

Pass the Pea Salad Please

This mama has strep throat .. boo.. Afraid, the kiddo might have it too.. bigger boo.. This has led to a very unmotivated mama to provide anything other than your minimal sustenance. Today, in a total slump, I went to my trusty Momables file. Eureka.. not only did they come through for something different today, it tasted super to me too, so I made some more for mama. We made their 'Under the Sea' pasta recipe with some edits based on what we had on hand. That's one of the things I love about it.. gives you ideas, and you can copy or tweak, but the idea is planted! Thanks Momables! Ooh, and look for a full review and giveaway of Momables coming soon! And, since I'm in the thanking mood, thanks to Biting the Hand that Feeds You for the delicious Chococones in this lunch. I'm ashamed to say I ate nearly the whole box. Yum!

momables tuna pea bento
Momables-style tuna pasta, homemade pea salad (recipe to follow), apple, chow mein noodles, corn flakes, Colby jack cheese, and chococones.

Okay, so for most people when they are sick, it's chicken noodle soup and jello. Okay, so those are good too, but for me, it's often pea salad. It reminds me of comfort and family because we have it at every holiday there is. My occasion? Friday. And it sounded good. Sweet peas, tart apples, crisp celery, creamy mayo, and a poop-ton of pepper! Drool..

Grandma's Peppery Pea Salad

Ingredients - 2 cans petite sweet peas (yes it has to be the petite or early peas), 2 stalks celery (dice how you want to.. I do it small), 3/4 - 1 granny smith apple (peeled, cored, and diced how you like), mayo* (the real stuff), and lots of pepper. My grandma always added finely chopped pecans to hers, but I prefer it without. If you add them, do about 1/3 cup.

zoe's lunchbox pea salad

Mix the peas, celery, apple, and pecans (if using) in a bowl. Add mayo. Now, the mayo really is an eyeballing sort of ingredient to add. You want to put enough in that the mixture really does look 'wet', because it does tighten up a bit overnight. I'd say I add just about 1/2 cup, but start with a little less and add to taste. Dump in your pepper, and stir.  You want to see the pepper in there. The kick of spice from the pepper really brings this all together. Cover and chill overnight, or at least for a few hours. Yum!

In this lunch...


  1. Wow, I don't make lunches eve 1/8 as nice as that when I am ill. :-D You are an awesome Mama!

    Don't you love the Sassy boxes? I used mine today too.