Healthy 5-Minute Edamame Recipe Perfect for Snacking or as A Side Dish

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Better late than never, right? I promised this recipe post two days ago, but I’m slacking this week. Seriously, back to school is amazing, but being part of the PTA for the first time is really a learning curve for me. I didn’t realize how many man hours it takes. I’m enjoying it – I like doing things that aid in the education for my children…and I really like being near them – but I’m also learning to cope with another obligation.

So far it’s meant working earlier in the mornings, later in the evenings, and readjusting my schedule as needed, but it’s been good. And that’s why the blog is taking a back seat these days. Time, baby…it’s of the essence right now.

In an effort to be quite transparent, I am not a good cook. My husband is a good cook. He keeps us alive, but I can do a few simple things. One thing I do really well is eat healthy. I can pick a good, healthy receipt and pin it like no one’s business for my husband to later recreate.

And I can make a really killer edamame dish.

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What You Need

1 package whole edamame pods

EVOO

A Ziploc bag

¼ cup plain Panko bread crumbs

¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

1 clove garlic

Your favorite wine

I promise this is so easy it’s not even funny.

The Steps

Pour a glass of wine into the appropriate wine glass. Lift it with one hand, and sip. Repeat as needed.

Put your edamame in a Ziploc bag and add just a drop of water. Now close the bag 95% leaving 5% of the bag unsealed. Put it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Remove it, and set it to the side.

Cut your garlic into small pieces. Put it in a pan, add a few drizzles of olive oil. Don’t coat the pan, but don’t be too conservative with it. Let the garlic simmer just a bit – JUST A BIT. When it burns, it’s disgusting and you’ll want to start all over.

Sip your wine.

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When the garlic is simmering just a bit, add the edamame to the pan and mix it all together. Turn down the heat from medium to simmer and let it sit for a minute or two.

Transfer your edamame into a bowl, add your parmesan and your Panko, mix it together – and serve – and sip some more wine.

I told you it’s easy.

Sip.

And amazing.

And you’re welcome.

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Avocado Mango Salsa & Chicken Recipe: Under 5 Minutes and So Healthy

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I am not a chef. I can’t even cook. Seriously, last night I actually wreaked havoc in the kitchen when I stuck a pre-made Publix rotisserie chicken into the oven to warm up still inside its plastic container. I didn’t even know you couldn’t do that.

In hindsight, yes, I do realize plastic and ovens aren’t a good mixture. In the moment, though, I was not so fully aware. Anyway, dinner was still good, our ovens are not ruined, and the chicken was fine. Thank goodness, because I desperately needed something healthy and delicious after spending a long weekend in North Carolina with my family.

It was airport restaurant food, the most amazing fritters that ever did exist, and it was too much Starbucks for five straight days – and my father-in-law’s amazing cooking. And I needed something green and good for me. I can drink bloody mary’s and eat pineapple fritters all day long, but my body eventually tells me it hates me and needs me to feed it properly. I’m a creature of healthy-eating habit.

But about last night.

I insta-storied a pic of our dinner. It was our daughter’s 9th birthday. She wanted to go bowling last night and have a family night. We picked her up from tumbling camp and took her and the other three to the bowling alley, where they wanted greasy chicken, fries, pretzels, and snacks. Our bodies couldn’t handle it – so we came home and had cake, bathed the kids, put them to bed, and then made a healthy dinner.

And that’s when I added a photo of me cooking to insta-stories, and my DM box filled up faster than you can say, “Dinner,” and I don’t blame anyone. I made our favorite quick, easy, healthy recipe – and it’s just as delish as it is aesthetically appealing.

And here we go.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 mango (I hate cutting mango, so I buy the fresh-cut mango in the Publix Produce section)
  • 1 or 2 handfuls of cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • Half a jalapeno pepper
  • Chicken (I usually bake boneless, skinless chicken breast, but lack of time sometimes calls for a pre-made rotisserie chicken and it’s just as good)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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The thing about this meal is it literally takes 4 seconds to make. Cut your avocado, mango – if you don’t buy the fresh cut mango – jalapeno, and cilantro and put it in a bowl. Next, cut your lime in half and juice both halves right over your mixture in the bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste, mix it all up, and put it in the fridge until your chicken is ready.

Put it over the chicken.

Eat.

Love.

Repeat.

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That’s seriously it – and you will not find more flavor in any dish. Nor will you find something as perfectly refreshing when you need a light lunch, a simple dinner, or even a side dish to put over your favorite white fish or inside a chicken taco.

I love tacos.

I hope you enjoy!

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