Monday, September 29, 2008

Edamame Avocado Sandwich Spread

My friend Michelle and I are always trying to figure out how to diversify our kids' lunches. If you think of a school year as being 180 days of turkey or peanut butter sandwiches, it takes on a new meaning. Kids are not the only ones suffering from the dreaded bore of the lunch hour. Many of us grown-ups have a hard enough time coming up with an exciting dinner day-in and day-out so the last thing we want to spend energy on is our weekday lunches.

Last week, I was inspired to make an edamame spread after visiting Mary Ann's blog: Meet Me in the Kitchen. She posted a great looking Edamame, Tomato Cheese Melt. I ended up making my own version because of time constraints and other technicalities. My kids and I love this vibrant green spread which reminds us of green tea ice cream. It made a tasty sandwich.

edamame spread dish

Later that day, I brought some over to Michelle's. She has been asking for the recipe ever since.

Edamame spread close-up

Edamame Avocado Sandwich Spread
16oz frozen edamame (soybeans), shelled and thawed
1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
2 tablespoon of soy mayonnaise or other
Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 tablespoon ground coriander
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/4 cup chopped cilantro or parsley (optional)

Put all the ingredients in the food processor and blend until smooth. Scrape the sides a few times and process again. Serve on bread or with crackers.

One more delicious sandwich-filling recipe for you to enjoy:
Wild Salmon Salad with Dill


maybelle's mom said...

lovely color, sounds tasty.

RecipeGirl said...

That's very interesting. My son loves avocado and often asks me to add it to his turkey sandwich for lunch. He just might like this one.

And you're absolutely right about the lunches being the same old thing! I was thinking that when it gets a little cooler outside that I'd send some hot lunches in a thermos.

Fun sidenote: I ate lunch with my son at his school last Friday and there was a little girl sitting near us eating sushi with chopsticks! So cute!

VeggieGirl said...

Oooh, enticing!! Great for a kid's (or anyone's!!) lunch - yum!! :0)

Elra said...

Look at the color of that spread. It's so beautiful.

Mary Ann said...

That looks so good. I wish you could've brought me some too! We love edamame so much, I might have to try this variation too! The color is beautiful!

Alexa said...

Maybelle's mom,
Isn't that color something else? I keep going to the fridge to stare at it. :-)

I am sure he'll appreciate a hot meal on a cold day. I've had a hard time finding thermos that are not fragile and can keep the food warm enough until lunch time.
Cute story about the little girl and the chopsticks. I love seeing people send unsual kids' food for school lunches. Sushi is a great one.:-)

It's so quick to make as well... I always like these type of recipes. :-)

Nature is pretty amazing with all those beautiful greens and oranges. I can't get enough.

Mary Ann,
If we lived in the same area, I have a feeling we would be trading food all the time.:-)

cindy* said...

this looks and sounds amazing! i make our lunches everyday and i get pretty fed up with sandwiches. great idea!

Hannah said...

I absolutely adore edamame, but I've really only eaten them in their original form. This sounds like a great change of pace!

Snooky doodle said...

This looks nice! Looks like ice cream :-) i bet its tasty yummy

Alexa said...

I am glad you liked it.

Edamame is so wonderful on its own. I incorporate it in our meals as well by throwing it in a rice dish or a stirfry.

Deborah said...

I've had guacamole, and I've made an edamame dip, but I've never combined the two! This one sounds like a winner!

Robin Sue said...

The color of your dip is striking! I would eat this but my kids would faint, I think the only green thing my boys eat is green m&m's. A constant battle. I love different spreads and it does make lunch interesting. I just packed 36 sandwiches for the freezer last night, all different to keep them guessing!

Kevin said...

When I first saw this I thought it was ice cream. :) What an amazing colour! It sounds good and it is nice and healthy as well.

Liz said...

This sounds great! I just bought some fresh garbanzo beans that I think taste similar to edamame, and I've been wondering what to do with them. I think I'll try them in this spread!

CECIL said...

Love Edamame, love avocado but never would thought putting it together! This can be so easily mistaken with green tea ice cream, such lovely texture.

bee said...

that does look like green tea ice cream, so vibrant and good for you.

anudivya said...

And here I thought it was ice cream! Fabulous spread.

Pro-Portional said...

The salivation this causes is unavoidable. I cannot WAIT to try this!

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