All About Edamame
If you would have mentioned the word edamame to me a couple years ago, I probably would have stared at you with a blank expression. But one of the perks of being an editor for Recipe4Living is that I get to explore the site, find new ingredients and search for delicious recipes to use them in.
Edamame has quickly become one of my favorite snacks. While I prefer to buy them already de-shelled, it’s much thriftier to just peel them out of the pods yourself. Keep reading for more fun facts on edamame…or soybeans!
1. Edamame are immature soybeans that are in pods. They are green!
2. Edamame are popular in Asia, specifically Japan, Korea and China.
3. In the U.S., they’ve become much more popular in the last couple years because of their high nutritional value. They’re delicious to snack on and can keep you full!
4. Edamame is a Japenese word that basically means “twig bean.”
5. Soybeans can be steamed or boiled, and some people don’t just eat the beans. The pods are edible too!
6. Edamame can actually be served as a dip. Many bloggers have created their own edamame dips, some that are very similar to guacamole.
7. Edamame are packed with carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and micronutrients! Basically, they’re a superfood that you should add to your grocery list.
How can I eat edamame?
I think your best bet is to snack on edamame or serve it in a salad. Here’s a recipe to try out:
* 1 bag (1 lb. 5 oz.) frozen stir-fry sesame meal starter
* 1 12-oz. bag frozen shelled edamame (green) soybeans
* 2 Tbs. rice vinegar
* 4 C. thinly sliced Chinese (napa) cabbage
* 2 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
* 1/4 C. salted roasted soy nuts
Cut large slit in frozen sesame sauce packet from meal starter. Microwave on High 30 to 60 seconds. In large bowl, reserve 1/4 C. sesame sauce. Spray 12-inch skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add soybeans, remaining sesame sauce and frozen vegetables from meal starter. Cover; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, just until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove from heat. To make sesame sauce in bowl, stir in vinegar. Add cabbage, cilantro and cooked vegetable mixture; toss to mix. Top with soy nuts. Serve immediately.
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