snow pea starfish flower

February 2, 2014 • Nancy Wolfson-Moche

Call it a starfish or a flower. Whatever you call it, your children will love it.  They can even build it themselves: snow peas + chickpeas + mandarin orange sections + pomegranate seeds = delicious, protein-rich breakfast salad.


serves 2


8 ounces snow peas

2 Tablespoons canned chickpeas

1 satsuma mandarin orange (note: a Clementine will work too)

¼ pomegranate

Process Remove the ends and strings from each snowpea.


Wash them well.


Bring a pot of water to a boil and drop the snowpeas in. They will float to the top in less than 30 seconds: they are done. Remove them with a wire mesh skimmer and set aside.


Peel a mandarin orange and section it; set them aside.  Separate the seeds or arils from the pith of the pomegranate; set them aside. Arrange each plate: place the snowpeas emanating from the center of the plate.


Place one Tablespoon of chickpeas in the center;


arrange 4 mandarin sections to frame the chickpeas


and sprinkle the pomegranate seeds on top.

©Nancy Wolfson-Moche 2014


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I’m very impressed by all the elements you are able to pack into the lesson without it seeming at all overwhelming: the review, the actual cooking skills, the creativity of coming up with their own dishes, the chance to present their creations, the opportunity to learn about and share thoughts on something else (in last week’s case, the feelings represented in the book), the execution of their  jobs, the responsibility for one’s station/implements and the overall following of directions…..all without losing the fun quotient. No wonder the kids love coming!  You’ve really created something special so kudos to you!

- T.