Star Wars Menu: Make Your Own Delicious “Yoda Pods” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar
“Powerful these are. Hungry you have become, the spicy side I sense in you…”
Recently I’ve heard spicy food can actually help you live longer. This must explain why I have a relative who is currently 102 years old and has smoked cigarettes since she was 12, but has also eaten green chiles since she was 2. All of that delicious vitamin C in those chiles must have counteracted the nicotine.
Perhaps Master Yoda has discovered this secret as well! Spicy food might help to counteract whatever dark forces might be operating in one’s life. Here’s a recipe designed exclusively for Yoda—it packs a SPICY punch, has plenty of nut protein and some much-needed fiber and vitamins in those vegetables. And if you’re just not sure about the spice, prepare it with half the chili paste. You can always add more, but you can’t take it away. Add or add not—there is no try. Maybe “when 900 years old you reach, look as good, you will not.” But you might end up looking pretty good at 90…
⅓ cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons chili paste with garlic (or chili garlic sauce)
2 tablespoons peanut oil
8 ounces fresh snow pea pods
2 cups scallions, cut into 1″ diagonal pieces
2 ounce dry roasted and salted peanuts
Combine the water, soy sauce, and chili paste in a 1-cup glass measure with a whisk; set aside. Place oil in a wok or a 5-quart deep skillet over very high heat. Stir-fry the peas and scallions over very high heat for 2 minutes. Add the sauce mixture and boil for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add the peanuts and mix. Serve immediately. Cover and chill leftovers. Serves 4-6.
Astrid Tuttle Winegar
Astrid is the author of Cooking for Halflings & Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving Souls, which is currently available exclusively in e-book form on the Amazon Kindle, but will soon be released by Oloris Publishing! She lives in the enchanted city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband and dog. She blogs occasionally at Cooking for Halflings & Monsters. You can check out (and like!) her Facebook page or visit (and follow!) her Twitter feed.