February 16, 2011

Edamame Guacamole

I love avocados. I put them in smoothies, massaged kale salads, and, as of today, even on my face. Trust me, mix half an avocado with a bit of honey and your face will be rid of winter dryness and you'll be glowing for days. But, I digress - avocados are powerhouses for nutrition, and are an excellent source of monounsaturated fat. But making plain old guacamole would be boring. Sometimes I just like to play in the kitchen.

After wiping crusted avocado off my cheeks, I steamed some edamame on a whim and gave it a whirl. It turned out so much better than I hoped; the edamame was creamy and light, but still retained some of its crunchy texture. Their mild flavor is similar to that of an avocado, so the typical guacamole ingredients complemented the legumes beautifully.

This is a high protein, low fat, and fantastic alternative to guacamole. It's excellent for a party for ten or a snack for one. If you want to try something different or can't bring yourself to buy avocados the same price as your rent, then buy a bag of edamame, pour a bowl of tortilla chips and call it a day. Or a fiesta.

Edamame guacamole

- 2 cups shelled edamame
- 2t extra virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small tomato, diced
- 1 tsp cumin
- Fresh cilantro
- S&P, to taste


- Steam edamame according to package directions. Place in a food processor along with garlic and pulse until it reaches your desired consistency. Place into a bowl and mix in oil, garlic, cumin, cilantro, and seasoning. Fold in tomatoes. Chill for at least an hour and serve!

Serves 4

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  1. @J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

    Isn't it? Plus there's no worry over it turning brown. :)

  2. Hey Krystina! Thanks so much for stopping by my page and spreading the socca love. I'm so glad to have found your blog. Your story is phenomenal. Wow! What an inspiration you are :) And your recipes, oh dear me.. I'm considering whipping up your blueberry lemon pancakes right now :)

    Sending love <3

  3. I too love a good avocado but seriously WAY expensive. I love edamame and this looks great! I would probably end up eating it with a spoon straight from the bowl :-)

  4. @MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College

    Luckily I buy them for $3.29/bag at Trader Joe's, but still, they're probably the most expensive produce that I buy (not counting the $6 blueberries - don't judge me).

  5. @Jenny

    Thank you so much for stopping by my little blog, Jenny! and thanks for the kind words. :) I'm usually atrocious at making pancakes, but those are delish.