Thursday, May 18, 2017

Recipe(s) of the week: Spicy Garlic Edamame & Fresh Fruit Lemonade Pops

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If you are a fan of garlic, then you are going to be obsessed with this edamame. The salty edamame is tossed in into a hot pan with seared garlic, spicy chili oil, and a splash of tamari to give it a little extra salt. This fiery snack is dangerously addictive – you have been warned.



  • 12 ounces edamame pods
  • 6 large cloves garlic, minced finely
  • 2 tablespoons chili oil
  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus more for garnish


  1. In a medium pan, combine 2 quarts of water and 2 teaspoons of salt.
  2. Bring this to a boil, then add the edamame pods and cook them until they’re tender. This should take about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Drain the beans into a colander and set them aside.
  4. In a deep skillet or wok, combine the minced garlic, chili oil, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes.
  5. Place the pan over medium heat and as soon as the garlic begins to sizzle, add the cooked edamame pods and toss them to coat them evenly in the sauce.
  6. Remove them from heat and serve them immediately with a bowl for the empty shells.


Fresh fruit and lemonade on a hot summer day is probably the best combination since PB&J in the schoolyard. It’s just as heavenly as it gets, people. And it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t point out how pretty they are. Pretty food makes me happy – as long as it tastes good, too. Thankfully, these are the real deal.




  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 1 mango
  • small watermelon


To Make Basic Lemonade Base:
  1. Boil water on stove – add sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Allow to cool a bit before adding the fresh lemon juice – stir and taste test until you are satisfied.
To Make Lemonade and Berries Pops:
  1. This one is simple. Slice berries. Add to popsicle mold. Add lemonade. Freeze and be done with it.
To Make Watermelon Lemonade and Berry Pops:
  1. This one is an extra step – aka, juicing watermelon. You can use a juicer or simply blend in your Magic Bullet or similar. Add your fresh, sliced fruit, and fill it up halfway with lemonade and halfway with watermelon juice. Yummmmm.
To Make Mango Lemonade and Strawberry Pops:
  1. Another extra step, but super simple. Blend 1 mango with about 1/4 cup fresh lemonade. Again, add your strawberries then fill popsicle mold to the brim. This one is sooo good – it has great texture.


You may want to start with less sugar if you are not crazy about sweetness – do what is right for you!



Bianca is the creator of lifestyle blog, The Friendly Fig – a veg-friendly space for happy, healthy humans. The Friendly Fig serves as a resource for individuals who are living or striving towards a plant-based lifestyle, with recipes, cruelty-free tips, inspiration, and more. She’s a lover of creativity, writing, baking, cooking, color, soy lattes, berries, plants, positivity, Netflix, and her calico kitty.

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