I got my grandma to eat edamame for the first time at Natalie's shower. I had pods of edamame on the table and she couldn't figure out what they were. And then she started tasting them and she.... loved them! Edamame are so versatile and I think so overlooked. They are more than just an appetizer at a sushi restaurant. They can be used in so many ways: stir fries, pasta, teriyaki bowls, burritos, salads, you name it! Because they are firmer your average "bean", they don't get mushy and mealy. They have a great bite and texture and their flavor is mild enough that they take on seasonings and spices really well.
Enter the Friday Recipe: Edamame Salad from Wit & Whistle. I just know... in my knower... that this recipe is going to be fresh, and simple and a really tasty side dish. Lemon, pecorino, olive oil... you can't go wrong. I would caution you, however, on the mint. Personally, I find fresh mint SUPER strong so maybe on the first try, cut the mint in half. You can always add more.
And if you are thinking, "Edamame? Where do I find edamame?" Good news: most grocery stores now carry frozen edamame, already shelled. Just run them under warm water to defrost and you are ready to go. My grocery store even carries the fresh ones BUT the frozen edamame really do hold up well, no need to do all that shelling yourself.
One more thing: I don't usually post on the weekends but tomorrow marks the beginning of the 31 Day Of... series. Every day during the month of October I will be posting on the Simple Things. I will be linking up with these girls:
Jen - 31 Days to Balancing Both Beauty and a Budget
Jessica – 31 Days of Memory Keeping
Melissa: – 31 Days: Inspired Holidays
Sandy – 31 Days of Warm Connections
Darcy: 31 Days of Photo Tips
Emily: 31 Days to Change the World
Emily: 31 Days of the Little Things
Nester – 31 Days of Charming Imperfection
It's not going to be easy, but I know it will be fun and I can't wait to read everyone else's articles. So check back tomorrow for the start of my 31 Days of the Simple Things. And hey, enjoy your weekend!!