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Edamame and Toasted Coconut in Avocado

March 11, 2012

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It’s not that I forget that you darling people come here to read my blog and make cakes, and weird vegan soups.

I never forget it.  Ever.

… sometimes I clam up, and I’m not sure what I could possibly write that might seem of interest to you.

… other times, I just write to myself.  It’s like putting my head in a box, and pretending that I’m the only one in this little blog world of mine.  That usually works.  That’s when I start writing letters to my future husband, or start droning on and on about getting pulled over by the cops.

Can I tell you something real?  (We’re somewhere in between me clamming up, and me putting my head in a box right now…)  Real talk:  I feel the rumble inside.  The rumble usually means that it’s time for a new tattoo, a sky dive, a cliff dive, an international flight, or a shark tank.  Something is rumbling… and I’m not sure how it’s going to turn out.  I do know that my desk is not going to get any cleaner in the process.  That can wait.

Does this happen to you?

The solution usually requires more than salad… but salad will suffice for now.  It has to, until I get my hands on a shark tank (and a shark).

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Have you seen the trend of people baking eggs into avocados?

Yea… I’m not going to do that.  That feels like mush on mush in my mouth.  Perhaps the only two things that could make the baked avocado egg situation right is… tortilla chips and spicy salsa.  Otherwise… no go.

I do, however, have a desire to stuff my avocado with soooommmeething.

Edamame, fresh parsley, crisp red onion, black sesame seeds, and a bit of nori.  This will do.

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Every salad dressing I make starts with Dijon mustard.  This one is married with sesame oil, olive oil, lemon, and soy sauce.

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The simple edamame salad was missing something.

Whenever anything is missing, I generally add toasted coconut… just as a rule.  Success!

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Avocados are art from God.  Well… everything is art from God.

Avocados are just some of my favorite edible art.

cooking with tracy

I made these little salad bowls in the Shutterbean‘s kitchen.

She made bread.  Naturally.

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Tracy also made an awesome arugula salad with apples and arugula.

The lunch of sisters (from other misters (and mothers))… ok, so Tracy and I totally aren’t related at all, whatever.

Tracy!  Thanks for letting me cook in your kitchen!  You’re my Maj!

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Let’s call this lunch.

Let’s call this creamy, crunchy, healthful lunch.  Scoopable with a spoon.  Smearable with bread.  Tupperware friendly.  Don’t let someone swipe it from the office fridge.

Edamame and Toasted Coconut in Avocado

makes 4 stuffed avocado halves

Print this Recipe!

2 ripe avocados, sliced in half and pits removed

For the filling:

1 1/2 cups shelled edamame

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, toasted

2 tablespoons diced red onion

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 teaspoon black sesame seeds

2 tablespoons chopped nori (optional)

For the dressing:

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon soy sauce

a few tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, toss together all of the ingredients for the filling.

In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, sesame oil, soy sauce, and lemon juice.  Whisk in olive oil in a slow stream to emulsify.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Pour the dressing over the filling.  Toss to combine.  Spoon the filling into halved avocado.  Season with salt and pepper and serve.


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  • Two sentences really got me in this post: The one about starting all your homemade dressings with dijon mustard (I do that too!) and the one about avocado being a beautiful edible gift from God. I agree with that too! You should travel travel travel. Spring is perfect for learning new places and spaces!

  • obey the rumble.

  • Toasted coconut and avocado together – yay!
    Two of my favs. I know the rumble too. And avocado never hurts!

  • I eat edamame almost every day and the way you made it, with dijon dressing and sauce…and with coconut…Oh WOW. This looks PERFECT!

  • I love avocado, edamame, and nori! You always have such great food combinations.

  • I hear you about the rumble… the easiest way to fix mine is to cook or bake or sleep it away! This is a very creative combo… Must try!

  • If you want to combine shark-swimming and international travel, I can recommend Belize. Other benefits: swaying palms, white sand, sparkling ocean, etc. Or the Great Barrier Reef, of course, but be warned that they have REAL sharks there.

  • Looking forward to seeing how your rumbling unfolds! Those avocados are so beautiful… I’ve got two on my shelf. I just need to pick up some edamame and I’m good to go! Thanks, as always, for the incredible recipe.

  • Love these photos. So pretty. You are going to be just a few minutes away from me on Friday night @ Lake Forest Park books! I’m so sad to say I can’t make it. But I’m thinking of you being so close!

  • Mmm, so greeny good. I’ve acted on three of those rumbles, but not the shark tank or the tattoo. It’s easy to feel like the only un-inked person in Austin.

  • So vibrantly green and gorgeous. The avocados make adorable little bowls.

  • Ahhhhh I totally get the rumble… I usually end up writing bad poems about it until goes away… or cooking… or starting out on some new adventure!

  • Mmmm avocado! By coincidence, I made pasta tonight with a sauce of blended avocado, cilantro, jalapeno, and lemon juice. It was very tasty indeed.

    I get that rumble regularly, and sometimes it’s positive (I’m ready for a new adventure!), in which case I always need to clean the apartment as if to usher in the bright sun and fresh air before embarking on said adventure. Sometimes it’s a nervous energy, and I think of Audrey Hepburn and the reds in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

    Some people never seem to experience this, partly because they’re not even aware it’s happening!

  • I adore avocado, this is a brilliant idea. Toasted coconut is always a winner too :)

  • Ah, ye olde rumble. Otherwise known in my world as the 6 months (ok maybe less) between BIG trips where I suddenly feel completely and utterly suffocated by being on this freakin’ continent ALL THE TIME. It’s generally alleviated by an 8 am international flight. And chilling the heck out. Also, Joy, the saddest moment of my life was when I started developing an allergy to avocado. Scratch that. Watermelon was much much worse. I have weird food allergies.

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