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parmesan-baked edamame

Let’s be honest, I really let my sweet tooth get out of hand this holiday and now I’m trying to dial it back a tad. And since it’s the beginning of the year and I know a lot of people (including myself) are trying to stick to their New Year’s goals of cutting back on the sweets, it didn’t seem right to tempt everyone with a blog post of baked goods covered in frosting or peanut butter. Also, can I even still write about New Years? It’s February.

Baked Parmesan Edamame

For this recipe, I grabbed some inspiration from my friend, who commented on one of my MyFitnessPal statuses about her favorite high-protein, low carb snack. She suggested edamame and I picked some up on my last shopping trip.

If you’ve never had edamame, it’s a soybean that you usually steam in the pod. You can eat it by salting them in the shell and sucking them out of the pod. It’s really good and crunchy and satisfying when you want to reach for a potato chip. It doesn’t have an overwhelming bean or pea flavor either.

I normally eat edamame like the method I described above, but this time I decided to venture out and am I glad I did.

I told my boyfriend that these baked parmesan edamame are like Cheeze-Its, but with protein. They’re certainly as addictive.

These are best eaten warm and on the same day, or else they’ll get soggy. But they’re so good that you won’t have any problems with that. We devoured these.

Preheat oven to 400° F.

Generously coat your edamame beans with the olive oil.

Baked Parmesan Edamame

In a small bowl, mix together the flour, parmesan, salt, and pepper until well combined.

I recommend using a fresh grated parmesan (one you’ll find in the refrigerated aisle), instead of the green tubes of parm you find by the pasta. I used to think I hated parmesan because my only exposure to it was that stuff. It’s packed full of preservatives and tastes incredibly bland. Do yourself a favor and either grate your own or buy it freshly grated. It changes everything.

Baked Parmesan Edamame

Using about a handful at a time, place your oil covered beans into the flour mixture and generously coat them.

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Place your battered beans on a silpat or a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Baked Parmesan Edamame

Bake at 400° F for 30 minutes. Be sure to turn them half-way through to cook them on both sides.

Baked Parmesan Edamame

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. I’ve seen variations where people have added wasabi, and I was tempted to add sriracha – so let me know if you do!

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Try this high-protein snack.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Yields: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 9 oz. (or 2 cups) of shelled edamame, cooked, and thawed, if frozen
  • 2 Tbsp of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of flour
  • ½ cup of grated parmesan
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 ° F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, parmesan, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  3. Generously coat your edamame beans with the olive oil
  4. Using about a handful at a time, place your oil covered beans into the flour mixture and generously coat them.
  5. Place your battered beans on a silpat or a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 400° F for 30 minutes, turning halfway through..

 

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vegetarian pineapple chili

I got a slow cooker for Christmas and wanted to give it a go. This pineapple chili and it was a hit with the non-vegetarian crowd.  It’s probably one of my favorite chilis I’ve ever made.

I like to sauté the onion, garlic, and pepper before I throw it in the slow cooker all day, but this part is optional.

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Adding a bit of sweet to a spicy chili is one of my “tricks” with winning over the meat eaters and convincing them that a vegetarian chili is the way to go.  This citrus in the pineapple gives the chili a bit of coolness, even though when you’re biting into it, it creates a juicy, hot explosion in your mouth.

ingredients:
1 1/2 cups dry red beans
1 1/2 cups dry black beans
2 tsp salt
2 tsp cumin
red pepper flakes (to taste)
1/4 tsp cayenne powder
4 tsp chili powder
2 tbsp hot sauce
1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 medium green bell pepper
1 medium red bell pepper
1 small can crushed pineapple

directions:
1. In a colander, rinse your beans and pick out any debris, broken beans, or beans without skins.
2. Boil the red beans first. red beans contain a toxin that isn’t destroyed in a slow cooker. Boil your red beans for 10 minutes before putting them in a cooker.
3. After you’ve prepped your beans, add them to the slow cooker with two teaspoons of salt.
4. Cover the beans with water. Make sure there are two inches of water covering the beans. Turn your slow cooker on high and let it cook for four hours. Stir every hour.
5. After four hours, the beans should be softening. Add the cumin, chili powder, cayenne, red pepper, chili powder, hot sauce, and tomatoes.
6. Turn your slow cooker on Low.
7. Prep your other ingredients. Chop your onion, red pepper, and green pepper. Heat some oil in a cast iron skillet and sauté the ingredients with the garlic until they’re tender. Add to slow cooker.
8. Cook on low for another two hours.
9. Before you serve, pour in the can of crushed pineapple. Garnish with sour cream and cheddar.

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