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Yesterday was my husband Klint’s 31st birthday.  Of course he wanted an elaborate celebration with streamers, cotton candy, a piñata, basically “the works”. 

Reality check…..

Actually he was the complete opposite and wouldn’t even let me make treats, or lunch to take to work.  Can you believe he didn’t even want any new co-workers to know?  Well, his indifference toward celebrating 31 years of life and my desire to commemorate all things observable, we compromised that I would at least make dinner.  His choice, my California Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce.

Klint also loves edamame, which are immature soybeans in the pod.  (Please note I did not reference my husband as immature, just the beans.)  Edamame are often served as an appetizer or side in Japanese cuisine, like at sushi restaurants (another love of my husband).   They are eaten by squeezing the beans out with your mouth and discarding the pod.  A fun, quick and unique, small bite or side.  Also great for parties or as a snack while watching a game.

Walk on the wild side and give em’ a try this weekend!

garlic-red pepper edamame with sea salt

serves 6-8

  • 16 oz EDAMAME, SOYBEAN, frozen, bag, in the pod
  • 1 1/2 tbsp OLIVE OIL, EXTRA VIRGIN
  • 2 cloves GARLIC, minced
  • 1 tsp CRUSHED RED PEPPER or RED PEPPER FLAKE, or to taste

*gluten-free option: substitute wheat free tamari soy sauce.

1. Cook frozen edamame in microwave or on the stove top, according to package directions, until thawed and heated through. Pat dry and set aside.

2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir garlic into oil (carefully not to burn) then add edamame; sauté a few minutes. Add soy sauce, red pepper and black pepper to taste. Toss to incorporate and cook 1-2 minutes longer. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve warm, or room temperature. Serves 6-8 as an appetizer. Serving size: 3 oz (about 1/2-2/3 cup) serving 6 people.

NUTRITION INFO PER SERVING (with 6 servings): 140 calories, 8g fat, 1.5g sat fat, 9g carb, 3g fiber, 2g sugar, 9g protein