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Chipotle-Garlic Edamame

The first time I ate edamame was about five years ago at a cute sushi place in the middle of Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas. I’m not much of a sushi person so when my friends would pony up to the counter for what could easily become our only meal of the day, I typically would get a bowl of white sticky rice with soy sauce. After seeing how my friends would devour the edamame, I tried it. And now I think it’s just as addicting as potato chips yet so much better for you! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I don’t mind my mouth being on fire after eating a meal on occasion. This Chipotle-Garlic Edamame is hot, spicy, and completely addictive. Normally I eat edamame with a little sea salt or soy sauce so this addition of chipotle and garlic is wonderfully different. Minced chipotle peppers and garlic are cooked in a little olive oil with cumin, giving the oil an immensely smoky flavor which coats the edamame. Be prepared to lick your fingers with these and keep a drink of something cold nearby!

The ingredients:

Prepare the edamame according to package directions (either in the microwave or in boiling water). Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large pan with the minced chipotle pepper, garlic and ground cumin.

Add cooked edamame to the pan and cook until the garlic has softened and the pods are coated.

Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper before serving.

Additions: None

Omissions: None

Substitutions: None

Overall Rating: Love It

Source: Food and Wine Magazine

Broccoli with Toasted Garlic

As I mentioned on Monday, I bought a big bag of broccoli over the weekend and I’m still swimming in it.  Luckily, broccoli is one of favorite green veggies and it’s a good thing too, since it’s oh-so good for me.  I typically steam broccoli and eat it plain without butter or oil (I know – B O R I N G!).  And while that usually works for me, this time I decided to make Broccoli with Toasted GarlicBroccoli is steamed like normal but while it’s cooking, slices of garlic are toasted in a pan with a little olive oil until golden brown.  The garlic not only softens and toasts but also flavors the oil so that when the broccoli is introduced, it sops up all of that delicious flavor.  I made a big batch of this and kept it in my fridge and ate it as a side to all of my dinners.  I’m sure the person on the eliptical next to me appreciated the fact that I was sweating garlic every morning!

The ingredients:

First, steam the broccoli in the microwave for five minutes.

While the broccoli steams, heat the olive oil in a large pan and add the sliced garlic.

When the garlic turns brown, move it to a small bowl to prevent burning.

Add the steamed broccoli to the oil and stir for a few minutes.

Add in the toasted garlic and remove from heat.

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:  None

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Food Network’s Ellie Krieger

Broccoli Slaw

I’m not a big fan of cabbage or coleslaw (although I do love a turkey reuben made with creamy coleslaw instead of sauerkraut!) so when I came across this recipe in Cooking Light last summer, I figured it would be a great side for sandwiches.  Plus, it’s made with non-fat Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise which lightens it up.

Additions: None

Omissions: None

Substitutions: None

Overall Rating: So-So

Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

Try it with: Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sliders

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