Peas aren't always pleasant — sometimes they're frozen and used for evil instead of good. There are other ways to add green to dishes! You don't have to use frozen peas! But when the options are fresh and varied, and there's no better time for peas than spring, you'd be hard-pressed to find a friendlier veggie to to toss into your pasta, tart, salad, soup or even cocktail. Try one of our 12 favorite pea recipes for dinner and leave the frozen bag to what it does best: being a handy ice pack.

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