Just Sweet Enough Soy Orange Roasted Sugar Snap Peas

Just Sweet Enough Soy Orange Roasted Sugar Snap Peas


I’ve had a pretty busy day today, but a good one. While I was walking to an appointment in the District this morning, I passed a Chinese restaurant and caught a whiff of something delicious. That fragrance has been on my mind all day! I think that a mouthwatering aroma is the best advertising device ever. There is a waffle place up the street from my apartment, and I’m convinced that they pipe the smell outdoors on purpose. It seems to travel for blocks just begging people to come in and order a big yummy pile of waffly goodness. Very clever!

Now that I’m finally home, I decided to see what I could come up with to satisfy my desire for something with an asian twist. I considered making a stir fry, but I wasn’t in the mood for that. Instead, I turned to one of my favorite vegetable preparations. I love roasted veggies so much, but I had never tried to roast sugar snap peas. I think roasted green beans are amazing, so I sort of expected to feel the same about the peas. I wasn’t disappointed. I usually steam sugar snaps, but this way was so much better. Why am I not surprised??

I decided to come up with a little glaze for the peas that would incorporate some of my favorite asian flavors. I love anything that is sweet and hot. Throw in some fresh citrus flavor with a bit of toasted sesame love, and I’ll be hooked. If these ingredients aren’t your style or if you don’t want the extra little points bump, you can certainly just roast your sugar snap peas sprayed with cooking spray at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes. If you are in the mood for a little something special, with a bit of fresh orange flavor, you might like this recipe! Plus, it was very quick and easy!!

The TeamNote: I was busy zesting the orange already, and I didn’t think that a photo of a partially naked orange would be very appealing. As a result, the orange is the kid who missed picture day. 

Just Sweet Enough Soy Orange Roasted Sugar Snap Peas


Nonstick cooking spray

1/2 pound sugar snap peas with the tough stems removed

2 Tbsp. orange juice

1 tsp. soy sauce

1 tsp. toasted sesame oil (you could use another oil, but I love the flavor of sesame oil… yum!)

1 tsp. honey

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp. orange zest, divided

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet well with nonstick cooking spray. Spread the sugar snap peas in a single layer on the baking sheet and spray the peas with cooking spray. Roast in the oven for 8 minutes. 

In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 6 ingredients plus half of the orange zest. 

After the peas have roasted for 8 minutes, remove them from the oven. Drizzle the orange juice mixture over the peas, and then return them to the oven for an additional 8 minutes. That will give the drizzle time to caramelize.

Remove the peas from the oven, sprinkle remaining orange zest over the top and enjoy!

This makes 2 unofficial 2 point servings

Sugar SnapsI had some leftover brown rice and some leftover grilled chicken to go along with these peas for my dinner. As usual, I liked the color and flavor of the roasted veggies so much more than the steamed version. I also liked the little hint of orange and soy that these peas delivered plus the spicy little bite of the crushed red pepper. 

I often roast my veggies plain, which certainly keeps the fat and calories at a lower level, but when I’m in the mood for a certain flavor combination, I’m always so happy when I can satisfy that craving using healthy fresh ingredients rather than being tempted by take-out. 

Now, it is time for me to put away the dinner dishes and head to the gym. Only two more days until the weekend! Hooray! I had Monday off for the federal holiday, and somehow the short weeks often seem like the longest. Tomorrow is a work at home Thursday, and I’m planning to post another “day in the life.” I have a feeling that the rest of these peas will be on the menu. Yum!


Filed under Cooking Light, diet, Fitness, Food, Recipes, Uncategorized, Weight Loss, Weight Loss Success Story, Weight Watchers

13 responses to “Just Sweet Enough Soy Orange Roasted Sugar Snap Peas

  1. foodsthatfit

    Wow! Those sugar snap peas look awesome! I can’t stand to eat them raw, so I’ll have to try out your recipe!

  2. This looks so good. I would’ve never thought to roast sugar snap peas – I usually stir fry or steam them – but I am going to give this a try.

    I can’t tell you how happy I am to have found your blog. I learn so much from you, and I feel like you and I have a lot of similarities in our tastes. Thank you!

  3. Foodsthatfit– I know what you mean! I don’t love them raw either. I’ve tried eating them with hummus (which makes almost anything better in my book), but I still didn’t like them all that much. I think roasting is magical.

    Bella, you are so sweet, and I think you are right about us having similar tastes. I really enjoy your blog too. BTW, I’m planning to order the yoga DVD you reviewed just to have something extra to throw into my workout mix.

  4. They look great! I’ve roasted nearly every other vegetable on the planet but never thought to try peas. I have to try this soon.

  5. Those look and sound delicious!!

  6. Snap peas are one of my favs!! 🙂

    I love your header picture – so fun! 🙂

  7. Thanks! I thought that an apple with sprinkles would sort of sum up my approach to eating, and… it was really fun setting up the picture. I knocked the sprinkles off after I snapped the pics so that I could eat the apple, and found that the apple was stained all sorts of funny colors. I kind of enjoyed my impromptu food art. 🙂

  8. M

    Hi Sweetie Pie!
    Just got back from TG’s. :):)…We got so many goodies! Some new finds are the flaxseed & honey flatbreads with Laughing Cow lite cheese and grapes and TG’s Omega Orange Carrot Juice. YUM!

    I’m excited to try this recipe along with the frittata you mentioned too. I’m so proud of myself for trying new food items. My FAV snack is now Medjool dates and cinnamon almonds. LOL.

    I can’t thank you enough. I look forward everyday to see what you have come up with now. 🙂

  9. M

    Oh yeah! I picked up some Almond Breeze. I’ve read a few times about it on the WW boards. What are you favorite ways to have it?


  10. Thanks so much, M and happy weekend to you!!

    The flaxseed and honey flatbreads sound positively amazing! That item is going on my list! That juice sounds great too. Thanks so much for mentioning your new finds!

    You should definitely be proud that you are trying new foods. That’s one of my favorite past-times. :-)I’ve been a fan of laughing cow for a long time now, so much so that some of my friends and I have a nickname for them— we call the little wedges “moo ha has.” I like moo ha has on Wasa crackers. Hee hee.

    I’m glad you reminded me: I need to add dates to my produce box this week since I’ve eaten the last one! I’m so happy you are enjoying my site and your new food finds! I hope you will continue to share them with me!! 🙂

    As for the almond milk– I love it in my coffee, on my cereal, in my oatmeal, heated up with a little sugar free chocolate Torani… You can use it so many ways, but I will admit that I haven’t done a lot of baking or anything like that with it. I’d try it first in coffee or tea. I hope you like it!

  11. M

    Moo ha has! I love it! You guys must be a hoot.

    Here’s one for ya…..I spread a “moo ha has” on a
    piece of deli ham….rolled it up…., spilt a pocket in the side of a chicken breast and placed the roll up inside…..dipped in egg beaters and coated lightly in bread crumbs. 30 minutes @ 350 and viola!
    That will be a leftover for a week night. :):)

    Thank you for the ideas on the almond breeze, that’ll be next on my list.

    Congrats on the loss. Happy dance for you! You certainly deserve it. My WI is Monday a.m. at the cardio class; send me skinny vibes! This coming week we’ll do the cardio all at zone 3 for our heart rates! Lord, help me! 🙂

  12. Any product that features a cow with an earring on the box deserves a nickname in my book. LOL!

    Your dinner sounds yummy, and definite skinny vibes are coming your way on the weigh in. I just finished my workout and the heart rate monitor tells me that I burned 700 calories. Woo hoo! Now, I can have more snacks. 😉

    Have a great night!

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