Author Jean Morrison
Quick Traffic Lights
This fast little vegetable recipe brightens up every meal - and kids love it which is such a bonus. The reason for the Quick Traffic Lights name is obvious.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 7 minutes
Quantity: Serves 4
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1 cup frozen peas
1 cup frozen corn
1/3 large red capsicum, diced small
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook the peas and corn until almost tender. See instructions on the packet for timing. Add the capsicum and continue cooking for 3 minutes. Drain well and add salt and pepper to taste.
Keeping up the bright colour scheme you could also add tiny florettes of cauliflower to this recipes.
Corn is also known as maize and it belongs to the grass family of plants. We are mainly accustomed to the yellow variety but corn can also be blue, red, black and multi coloured. Humans have cultivated corn for over 10,000 years. Corn can not only be eaten as corn on the cob but it can be processed into cornflour, corn syrup, grits and popcorn. It is also used in the manufacturing industry for products that are not edible such as for cardboard and for bio degradable containers. It is also needed for the manufacture of alcohol and ethanol.
Capsicums are from the nightshade family. They originated in Central and South America. They come in an amazing array of colours from bright red, yellows, oranges, purples and greens. Capsicums can be eaten in their raw form or they can be cooked. They range from very mild spiciness to extremely hot! Most species of capsicums contain capsaicin which is the chemical that causes the hot burning sensation when they are eaten. They are good sources of vitamin C.
Peas are a good source of protein and fibre. They also contain vitamin C, iron, thiamine, folate, phosphorus and potassium.
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