Sugar Snap Peas with Orange & Almond

This a light and fresh side dish, great for Spring or Summer meals.


  • Oil spray (avocado or olive oil)
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 3/4 pound fresh sugar snap peas, trimmed and halved at an angle (about 4 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, plus 1/4 cup fresh juice (from 1 large orange)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable broth
  • Salt
  • Black pepper


  • Using a zester tool, zest the orange and set aside. Squeeze the orange and set the juice aside.
  • Spray a large non-stick pan with oil spray to coat. Heat the pan over medium-high heat and add sliced almonds, stirring gently until lightly toasted. Sprinkle with a small amount of salt. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Spray the same pan with a small amount of oil spray. Add the peas and cook, stirring often, until tender-crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer peas to a serving dish.
  • Reduce heat to medium; melt 1 tablespoon vegan butter. Add Creole seasoning and cook, stirring constantly, until butter browns slightly, about 3 minutes. Stir in orange juice, vegetable broth and a couple of grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is glossy and thickened slightly, about 2 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding salt if needed.
  • Spoon sauce over peas and sprinkle with orange zest. Then top with the toasted almonds and serve.