2/16/15

Edamame Hummus Crostini

I know it has been some time since my last post. I recently was hired by a weight management company to work as a weight loss coach. In that I had to travel for training and work with others to get the center up and running as well as assist with business development. 

On top of my personal training work, my personal and social life had come to a standstill.  I have only been cooking on the few days I have had off, IF I had the energy.


Well I put in my two week notice on Friday. I do like making a living but work life balance and time to take care of my health are important too. I am not sure what my next step will be, but I am hopeful for something more suitable.

Excited to have a 2 day weekend, my first order was to get my home in order and to make some room in my freezer. I also wanted to eat as my diet has been less than interesting lately. Most of the time my lunch has been a small can of tuna and some crackers.

I had a bag of edamame in the freezer, so I decided to make some edamame hummus. Having perused the internet for recipes, I managed to combine them into a recipe that turned out pretty darn tasty.  Admittedly, I was surprised. I wasn’t really sure edamame and hummus were a good match. It is!

I had planned on eating the hummus with some vegies and some Naan bread. Once made, I used the slices of ciabatta bread I had in the fridge, instead and some avocado slices to make edamame crostini. I didn’t have it for lunch. I also didn’t have if for a snack or for dinner. I had it for breakfast! What a great, healthy way to start the day.

With St. Patrick ’s Day coming up, you might want to save the recipe and have it with some green tea (or green beer I suppose) to celebrate. Of course, it is really too good to wait that long for.  Maybe that will be your second batch.

I hope you will try this. Enjoy.

Edamame Hummus

Yield: 1 cups

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen shelled edamame
1 garlic clove, peeled
Juice from 1/2 fresh lemon
1/8 cup tahini (stir well before measuring) More if needed.
1 tbsp extra virgin cold pressed Greek olive oil
2-4 tbsp water,as needed
1/4 to 1/2 pink sea salt, or to taste
1/8 tsp each ground cumin and smoked paprika
Dash cayenne pepper
Olive oil for drizzle

For crostini:
Ciabatta bread slices
Avocado slices
Smoked salt, optional

1. Rinse the edamame and place in a microwave safe bowl with about 1/8 cup of water. Cover with a paper towel. Microwave 4-6 minutes, until just cooked.
2. With the motor running on a food processor, drop in 1 garlic clove to mince. Scrape down bowl.
3. Next, add edamame to the processor and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the side of the bowl as necessary.
4. Add in the lemon juice, tahini, olive oil  and process again until smooth. Add water to get it to your preferred consistency (soft but not runny) Add the salt, pepper, cumin and smoked paprika. Pulse to combine.

5. Remove hummus to a lidded bowl. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on top. Cover and refrigerate until needed.