side dishes

Marinated Cucumbers

marinated cucumbers

Summer is a wonderful thing. Sunshine, barbeques and an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies! Our grandmother is known for her garden, which is practically our own personal farmer’s market. We never leave with anything less than a giant bag of fresh produce that inspire our summer table. We recently aquired some of her beautiful, crunchy cucumbers. We thought we would put them to good use with a dish we have grown up eating at our aunt’s house (we have such a wonderfully foodie family). This side dish is light, but full of flavor. It is sweet and tangy, and incredibly refreshing. We recommend letting them marinate for a few hours, or overnight, before serving so that they can really absorb all that vinegary magic!


Marinated Cucumbers {recipe}

Servings 4 | Serving size 1 cup



  • 2 cucumbers, sliced (4 cups)
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar (brown sugar works as well)
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp onion powder



  1. In a large bowl, combine vinegar, sugar, garlic & onion powder.
  2. Place onions and cucumbers in bowl and toss with marinade, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Let them marinate a few hours before serving.

NOTE: Tastes best if left overnight.

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Grilled Edamame with Garlic & Sea Salt


Edamame (soy beans) are a delicious and healthy snack, that can be served warm or cold.  They are often seasoned with nothing more than a sprinkle of salt, or nothing at at all. While we agree that they are wonderful just like that, we decided that they deserve a little more attention. No longer will these unassuming beans be a mere afterthought when putting together a tasty asian inspired meal plan; they will be the star of the show!

This simple snack is served warm, and is perfect for satisfying that salty craving that we all get from time to time, not to mention they could not be easier to prepare! Make sure you get all the  delicious seasonings from the outside before eating the tasty bean on the inside.


Grilled Edamame with Garlic & Sea Salt {recipe}

Servings 4 | Serving size 1 cup (with shells on)



  • 16 oz frozen uncooked edamame
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced



  1. Cook frozen edamame according to package directions.
  2. While the cook, in a large bowl mix together garlic powder, salt, soy sauce, olive oil and fresh garlic.
  3. Add cooked edamame to bowl and stir to coat. Once coated heat a grill pan or cast iron skillet on high, and add edamame and cook until skins begin to char on both sides. Remove from heat and transfer to serving dish.


NOTE: I would not recommend doing this on an actual grill, you will most likely lose all your edamame.


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