Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Un-Recipe Files – Spiced up Edamame and some Cinco de Mayo Recipes


Part two of the Un-Recipe files!  Get excited.
I always have edamame in my freezer.  Edamame, for those who are not familiar, are soybean pods.  It is an awesome, low-fat, snack that is full of antioxidants, isoflavones, and protein.  I am not just saying that because I am the daughter of a soybean farmer.  It is unfortunate that he is not growing the snacking variety.  I feel like the per-bushel price would be pretty high.
On a recent trip to the grocery store I was looking for a bag of edamame to take to a get-together at my brother’s house.  They were out of stock!  Blast!  Wait… what is that hiding in the back of the freezer case??  The last box of edamame.  I grabbed it and ran out of the store.  Well, I paid… then I ran, or walked.  You know what I mean. 
It wasn’t until later that I realized I had purchased a box of individual snack-sized bags of edamame.  It turned out to be a great mistake.  I absolutely love having these on hand for a quick protein-filled snack.  You just toss the single serve bag in the microwave and in two minutes you have perfectly steamed edamame.  The brand I buy is Seapoint Farms.  Note… the bag says to cook it for longer than two minutes but that turns them all rubbery, so I reduce the cooking time a bit.
The soybeans are great with just kosher salt but I like to sprinkle a little Chinese five spice powder on them as well.  Five spice powder can be found at most grocery stores.  It is a combination of cinnamon, star anise, cloves, pepper, and ground fennel.   What an incredible snack for 90 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fiber!
*I am not getting any perks for endorsing a product.  I am just telling you out of the goodness of my heart!

In honor of the Cinco De Mayo holiday this weekend, here are some Perfect Pairings!
Spicy Avocado and Shrimp Dip – This dip is fantastic!!  It is without a doubt, one of my all-time favorites.
Caribbean Bean Puree – So maybe this is more Caribbean… but it has a decidedly tropical feel and would be great served with Mexican-themed food.
Chili Spiced Soup with Stoplight Peppers and Avocado Relish – A healthy and delicious soup topped off with queso fresco, cilantro, lime, and avocado. 
Overnight Cornbread Strata – A great breakfast option that can be made on the Cuatro de Mayo.  Top it off with green onions, cilantro, salsa, and avocado.
Fajita Potatoes – All the goodness of a fajita on a baked potato!


  1. I love edamame as well! I've always stuck with salt on mine mainly because I'm usually starving when I make it and can't think property to get any other flavors in it... then I read posts like yours and wish I had thought a little harder!

    Can't wait to try some other spices on my snack!

  2. Such a great snack! I like your kicked up version :)


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