Habitués of Japanese restaurants know edamame (pronounced eh-dah-MA-may), the young, green soybeans full of flavor and nutrition.
They’re available nationwide in the frozen vegetables aisle of supermarkets. These baby soy beans are not only delicious; they’re rich in vitamins and minerals. In fact, edamame are the only vegetable that offers a complete protein profile, equal to both meat and eggs in its protein content. A bonus: They’re inexpensive.
And they’re a fun snack: Veggie-averse kids and grown ups will enjoy squeezing them from pod to mouth. They can be served hot, cold or at room temperature. (We warm them in the microwave.)
In addition to snacking, add edamame to casseroles, salads, stir-frys and soups. Make a healthy dip. Garnish: Garnish just about any savory food, from baked or mashed potatoes to steaks and chops.
Pick up edamame the next time you’re at the market. You can find edamame frozen in the pod, frozen shelled and dry roasted, in conventional and organic varieties.
And check out:
Edamame: the pods hold delicious baby soybeans. Photo courtesy Seapoint Farms.
Edamame are traditionally served with coarse salt. But you can garnish them as you like. Some of our favorites:
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