Edamame Guacamole and Weekly Menu

Say that 10 times over. Tongue twister!

I would say I’m a guacamole connoisseur — love the stuff. In college, my roommate Kelly and I used to have guac-offs and compete to see who had the most crowd-pleasing guacamole. Let me tell you, good times Kelly and I shared over ripe avocados! Often times at 2am…just because. Minor details. Guacamole is always welcomed by me!

While I apologize for not planning my Super Bowl menu in time to post recipes for you all to try for this year’s game, they are all worth making for future get-togethers and entertaining purposes. I saw this recipe on Cara’s blog on Friday — the ingredients went directly onto my grocery list and I knew this would be a game day delight.

I have frozen edamame on hand at all times because Mr. Prevention craves it at very random times. And I am never going to deny the man a healthy snack when the craving hits. On my grocery shopping trip (without Mr. P, whew!), I was pleased to discover avocados were on sale for $1. All of the other ingredients are ones most people keep in stock, or are very inexpensive. I have always loved the fact that cilantro is one the cheapest fresh herbs to buy…we go through the stuff like crazy!


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Edamame Guacamole from Cara’s Cravings

1 cup (150 g.) frozen, shelled edamame 1/4 cup (56 g.) nonfat plain Greek yogurt 1 Tbsp water 2 medium avocados 3 cloves of garlic, minced 1/2 jalepeno pepper, seeded and minced 1/3 tsp cumin 2 Tbsp red onion, finely chopped 2 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped

Directions:

Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the frozen edamame, return to a boil, and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water; let cool.

Puree the cooked edamame with the yogurt and water in a food processor or blender until completely smooth.

Roughly mash the avocados with a potato masher in a large bowl. Stir in the edamame-yogurt puree, and the remaining ingredients. Adjust seasonings to taste, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Yield: 12 servings (1 1/2 ounce per serving).

Nutritional Information (per serving): 74 calories; 5.5 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 144 mg. sodium; 4.6 g. carbohydrate; 2.9 g. fiber; 2.7 g. protein

Result: I think Cara’s been participating in some serious guac-offs. This was amazing! Mr. Prevention gobbled this up, too! You can’t really taste the edamame, but it lowers the calories and adds protein and omega-3′s. Both the avocado (rich in monounsaturated fat) and edamame have heart-healthy benefits that act by helping to lower LDL-cholesterol. Delicious!! Enjoy!

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I have also decided to start sharing my weekly menus. I am an avid meal planner and grocery list shopper in hopes of staying organized, cost-conscious, healthy, and never bored with meals! Knowing my teaching schedule, I plan accordingly with really quick meals or crock pot meals on Mondays and Wednesdays. Or, leftovers. :-D On the other nights, I try to cook. And Sunday is always my most “intricate” meal of the week because I usually have time and I love ending the weekend with a tasty meal hubby and I can share together.

Of course, these menus are subject to change and while I usually blog about a recipe the day after we try it, that may not always be the case. Bear with me, it will show up eventually! Also, we typically go out to eat on Friday & Saturday nights or just kind of “wing it” at home, so I don’t meal plan for these days. I also take leftovers daily for lunch, so there’s little that goes to waste in our house!

Weekly Menu: February 6-10th

  • Sunday: Super Bowl snackies — Jalapeno Poppers, Soft Pretzels, Buffalo Chicken Dip (but, of course), and Edamame Guacamole
  • Monday: Turkey & Swiss sandwiches on Soft and Sweet, Homemade Whole Grain Sandwich Bread
  • Tuesday: Thai-Style Pork Stew (crock pot)
  • Wednesday: leftovers
  • Thursday: Quinoa Corncakes

Question: Do you meal plan? Do you shop off a grocery list?

Happy Monday! Have a wonderful week! :-D

Comments

  1. says

    I ate soo much guacamole this weekend! We made homemade corn chips, and I don’t think I can eat another chip for awhile….But I’ll have to bookmark this recipe. I love the idea of using edamame. It’s such a great form of soy protein.

  2. says

    Thai Style Pork Stew? Do share!

    I am struggling to come up with a meal plan this week. It is so helpful for me so I am going to have to just sit and do it!

    BTW, there is a Meal Planning Monday linky at orgjunkie.com that is fun to participate in if you are interested.

  3. says

    I grocery shop off my meal plan for the week! WE usually wing it or eat out at least once on the weekends so I don’t typically plan anything UNLESS we want a special meal, but even then we usually go to the store that day for it. I LOVE LOVE LOVE hanving leftovers in my lunches to pack…keeps it interesting and I get more of a variety of nutrients. This week we have salmon cakes, pancakes, spaghetti on the menu…we’re winging everything else though!

  4. says

    You totally reminded me about an asparagus guacamole that has no avocado in it – and its only 16 calories for 1/4 cup!

    http://mybizzykitchen.com/2009/04/14/amazing-asparagus-guacamole/

    the only caviat is that it is only good on the day you make it – it gets stinky the next day.

    Love to grocery shop and plan – on Saturday I had Tony and Hannah with me so I sent Hannah to the deli, had Tony pick up the meet and I am like a bizzy bee getting everything else and throwing it in the cart – it was quick! :D

  5. says

    I can’t wait for you to share that quinoa corncakes! They sound so good.

    I am all about meal planning, at least now for real I am. It’s simple and only takes a little bit of time but totally makes a difference in the end. Both for my sanity and budget.

  6. says

    I LOOOOOVE guacamole! I tried one made with peas once and it was surprisingly good!

    I think it’s awesome that you are a meal planner. It’s half the battle to staying on track and eating well! I’m trying to get better at it!

  7. says

    If you really want to see a guac-off, you need to come visit and I will take you to my fave Mexican place that serves up some serious guacamole. But in the meantime I am totally blushing over the fact that a guacamole connoisseur like you loved it!

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