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!