Smarter Than Pancakes

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Procrastination…with a side of Egyptian Edamame Stew

Filed under: Uncategorized — shaye3 @ 8:04 am

Hey friends! I figured I should make a quick post just to let people know that I haven’t been washed away by flooding or blown away by midwest tornadoes. I’ve just been swamped with things like house guests, class reunions, and this past week was vacation Bible school at our church so my mornings were spent there, and my afternoons were spent writing daily newsletters for it. By the time the week was done, I was so burnt out on writing that I didn’t even want to think about writing a blog post.

Besides that, I haven’t actually been cooking. I feel like crap because of all of the processed foods we’ve been eating, too. Yesterday we helped my husband’s niece paint her nursery in anticipation to our new grand-nephew’s arrival next week, and we ate Pizza Hut for lunch and Applebee’s for dinner. (And before you start reading “grand-nephew” and think we’re older than God, just know that Steve and I are both the bonus babies in our families, and we both have siblings who were born in the 1950s.)

I actually have cooked a few times, but no where near as frequently as I should have been. I told Steve last night that I’ve actually gotten out of the habit of cooking! (I hate it when that happens.)

Last weekend was my high school class reunion, and I had some of the visiting reunion people over for a cookout on Saturday. Because a few of my friends are vegetarian, I made a recipe that my friend Claire gave me last spring. I didn’t think to take pictures, but just trust me that it’s colorful and delicious! It’s fast, tastes really fresh, and has lots of protein–especially if you serve it over quinoa.

Egyptian Edamame Stew (Serves 4 as a main dish)

16 oz. frozen shelled edamame (About 3 cups if you aren’t using frozen.)
1 Tbs olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 large zucchini, diced
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon cayenne (I throw in a sprinkle because we’re spice wimps.)
28 ounces diced tomatoes (I use one can and drain it about halfaway.)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (I frequently skip if I don’t have it on hand.)
3 tablespoons lemon juice (Please use fresh.)
cooked couscous or quinoa

  1. Boil your edamame in a large pan of water for about 5 minutes, then drain and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, saute your onion in the oil for about 3 minutes.
  3. Throw in the zucchini, and cook for another 3 minutes more.
  4. Add the spices and tomato, and simmer for 5 more minutes.
  5. Put the cooked edamame back in and cook for a minute or two until it’s warmed back up.
  6. Remove from the heat and add the cilantro and lemon juice.
  7. Serve over couscous or quinoa.


  1. I love edamame. I have to try this -sounds delicious!

    Comment by Cat — Wednesday, June 25, 2008 @ 11:45 am | Reply

  2. Sounds great, Shaye! It’s good to have you back posting. Missed them!

    Comment by Elle — Wednesday, June 25, 2008 @ 10:18 pm | Reply

  3. I must pass this on to a friend of mine who adores edamame.
    Congrats on making the Finest Foodie Friday list with me! Have a terrific weekend!

    Comment by Kimi — Friday, June 27, 2008 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

  4. I found your blog listed on Finest Foodie Friday. Congrats :). Nice blog you have.

    Comment by dita — Friday, June 27, 2008 @ 4:52 pm | Reply

  5. Wow, I’ve been such an internet slacker that I didn’t even know I was on Finest Foodie Friday! Thanks for visiting and for the awesome comments!!!

    Comment by shaye3 — Friday, June 27, 2008 @ 6:15 pm | Reply

  6. Speaking as one of the vegetarian friends who ate it, it was yummy! You can really taste the dead pharaoh! 😉

    Comment by Csites22 — Monday, July 7, 2008 @ 1:49 pm | Reply

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