Greetings! This blog has been on pause for a while but I'm happy to finally be sharing a blog-worthy recipe. You may be wondering why I haven't been sharing much the past ~2 years, and it basically boils down to feeling burnt out from working in healthcare and focusing more on my family, relationships, etc. The "panini" made me realize how important family and friends are, so much so that I decided to leave more than one of my many concurrent jobs (including blogging/recipe development for a while). I've felt a huge relief by only having one full-time job (as a Registered Dietitian), instead of a full-time job, a per diem job, and various side-gigs/passion projects. I know I'm not alone about feeling like the past two years have caused people to reevaluate values and goals. Almost everyone I know has felt some degree of feeling burnt out or feeling like they need to make changes in their lives due to the craziness of the world right now. Now that I'm feeling more centered, I feel like I have more time/energy to actually spend creating new recipes, so I'm really happy to finally be sharing an overdue update + recipe.
On a less-serious note, summer is here, and that means I'm craving delicious salads. Whether you're eating a salad as a side-dish or as a main, salads are a great way to get more fiber (and flavor) into your diet. My favorite salad lately has been a mix of sweet and salty flavors in the form of this Thai mango edamame salad. I love the sweet, juiciness of mango combined with crunchy veggies, peanuts, and mild-tasting (yet protein-packed) soybeans. This salad is super quick and easy to prepare, and as a bonus: each serving contains more than half of your daily requirements for vitamin C! Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think.
Ingredients (makes about ~6 side servings--but eat as much as you're hungry for!)
3 peeled mangoes
¼ a medium red onion
1 bell pepper
2 oz. peanuts
1 cup shelled edamame (I used frozen edamame found @ Trader Joe's)
3 tbsp. teriyaki sauce (I like Trader Joe's Soyaki sauce)
juice of 1 lime
Chop mangoes, pepper, onion, and add to a large mixing bowl. Add peanuts, Drizzle teriyaki sauce + lime juice. Microwave frozen edamame and then drain. Add to the mango mixture. Let marinate for a a bit (10 minutes to as long as you want). Serve chilled and enjoy!