Edamame Two Ways

White Trash Weaknesses

Is this a racist term of some sort?  I will have to seek some input on this one.  In any case, it certainly isn’t meant to be racist on any level.  Demeaning to trashy folk, perhaps.  I’m okay with that.

What do I mean by white trash weakness?  It’s the food that’s so trashy, so bad (and delicious), so frowned upon in the grown-up world, you’re actually embarrassed to eat it.  I’m not talking about a guilty pleasure here, like chocolate bars or ice cream or potato chips, I am talking about something you’re so ashamed to love, you hide it from others.  You sneak it into your home like contraband, and eat it in the bathroom, door locked, shower running.  Or maybe you don’t even risk bringing it home, for fear of a housemate finding evidence, so you have a secret drawer in your desk at work.  You feel so gross and disgusted with yourself for having this affair behind the back of a normal diet, but doesn’t the deviousness of the whole ordeal just enhance the deliciousness?

Examples?  I’ll expose some of my loved ones’ WTWs.  I will change their names, so they can keep a shred of dignity.

  • Juli – “I hate real crab, but I will eat a mountain of the imitation stuff.  When I am home alone, I will eat en entire package.”
  • Carson – “Fluff.  The white, sticky, pillowy goodness.  On Wonder Bread or on a spoon, those are the only options.  I like to eat it while watching reruns of 90’s shows… it lets me channel my childhood.”
  • Maria – “Don’t judge me, but I think people really give Spam a bad rap.  Cut it up and put it into a macaroni salad or tuna casserole?  With peas?  I like the texture and the saltiness.”
  • Nick – “Pizza-flavored Combos.  So bad, but so good.  Probably the worst thing I’ve ever put in my body.  What is that cheese made out of, besides heaven?”
  • Pauline – “Oh man, Cheez Wiz.  All day. With anything, on it’s own.  I will take that over a fancy cheese platter any day.”
  • Jessie – “Pixie Stix.  I get really embarrassed when people find that out.  I would sneak them on my way home from work, and my family would wonder why I had so much energy, then why I was so tired shortly after.”

Mine?  Well, I will give you two, because I don’t embarrass easily:  my biggest WTW is non-dairy, off-brand flavored coffee creamer.  It’s so bad for you, and breaks all my rules of healthy eating, but I am an addict.  My second one, that I don’t endulge in too often, are Gushers.  Why?  No idea.  I see the package and I black out; I come to moments later, with the fake-fruity taste tickling my tongue.

What I have for you here, however is nothing to be ashamed of.  These two ways to serve edamame, a protein-packed bean of awesomeness, are crisp, delicious, salty, chewy, and incredibly easy to whip up.  Wonderful to serve up as a filling appetizer or for Sunday NFL snacks, without the guilt!

Incredibly Easy Roasted Edamame in the Shell

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • cookie sheet/baking dish
  • paper towel/dish towel
  • measuring spoons


  • 1 package edamame, thawed (in shells)
  • 1 T sea salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 T olive oil, or cooking spray
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Pat dry edamame.  photo 2
  2. Lightly oil a cookie sheet/baking dish with oil or cooking spray.
  3. Spread out edamame onto baking dish, spreading out the pods.  Lightly coat with oil/spray.
  4. Sprinkle the pods with sea salt and chili powder.  photo 1
  5. Bake for 8 minutes, or until crisp and just beginning to curl and turn golden brown.  photo 3
  6. Enjoy!  photo 1

Easy Roasted Crispy Parmesan Edamame Beans

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • cookie sheet/baking dish
  • paper towel/dish towel
  • measuring spoons


  • 1 package edamame, thawed
  • 1 T kosher salt
  • 1/4 c parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • cooking spray
  • 1 T olive oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Pop the edamame out of the shells.  Pat off with a towel.  photo 5
  3. Coat the cookie sheet/baking dish with cooking spray.
  4. Coat the beans with oil, salt, and pepper.  Spread out evenly into the baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese evenly over the beans.  photo 4
  6. Bake for about 6 minutes, or until the cheese just begins to turn a gold-brown.
  7. Enjoy!   photo 2


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