Friday, April 1, 2011

Guacamole with Edamame Beans


Who does not like the rich creamy taste of fresh Avocados mashed into a flavorful Guacamole dip! Its one of the easiest dips to make, but if you are looking for a healthier and more protein-packed, flavor-packed variation, then you have got to try this Edamame Guacamole. Adding the green beans gives it more texture and higher nutrition. You could even opt for green peas, but from personal experience, I know Edamame works much better in terms of taste than peas. Serve with raw vegetables like celery, carrots and radishes for dipping or alongside baked pita chips or tortilla chips as a healthy snack or appetizer. Recipe and image courtesy of Whole Foods.

1 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed
1 small, ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
1/3 bunch cilantro
1/4 white onion, roughly chopped
Juice of 2 limes
2 to 3 tablespoons water
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Put edamame, avocado, cilantro, onion and lime juice in a food processor and pulse until almost smooth. Add enough water to make a creamy consistency and pulse again. Transfer guacamole to a bowl, season with salt and pepper and serve.

Edamame are not only delicious to eat, but they are a powerhouse of very essential nutrients, especially soy protein, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids. And combined with Avocados, which are highly nutritious themselves, this dip is one healthy concoction, and your kids will love it too. Much better than feeding them A Queso or Cream Cheese dip.

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