Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Try Something New... An Ingredient Twist in Your Favourites

We all love guacamole, but did you know you can make an equally satisfying dip using edamame soy beans? Plant-based and packed with complete protein, when boiled or steamed in their pods or shelled, edamame makes a delicious side vegetable dish. Try using it instead of avocados in this edamole recipe with its beautiful vibrant green colour.

Makes about 1 cup for 6 servings

3/4 cup frozen shelled edamame, blanched in a rolling boil for one minute
3 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 small garlic clove
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
a pinch of ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth.
Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Serve with blue tortilla chips or cut-up veggies. Make Ahead TIP: Chill up to one day ahead.

Try a new spin in your classics, swapping an ingredient or two out to change things up and to freshen your recipe repertoire. You never know, you may just inspire a new but familiar favourite again. Instead of regular lemonade, try: strawberry lemonade; instead of old-fashion instant ramen noodle soup, try: Vietnamese-inspired ramen bowl and instead of banana or carrot breads, try: zucchini bread. Have fun experimenting!

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