Edamame (Soybeans)

"The Truth About The Beans"

Insider on Soybeans

What's so secret about edamame? Well, the name for starters. The first few times I heard it, I had to ask, "eda-whaty?" As it turns out, it's just a fancy name for boiled green soybeans -- and the real secret is that they are much yummier than they sound.

I knew edamame had "arrived" when I saw Faith Hill snacking on them during a backstage-type interview for Country Music Television. They're the snack my favorite Japanese restaurant brings you when you sit down to a table, and they're the after-school snack my daughter asks for by name.

Say what you will about the debate over the health benefits of soy: any way you slice it, the edamame is a star legume! Just 1/2 cup of them a day really punches up the fiber, protein and vitamin/mineral content of your diet.

Recipes

Edamame Bean Salad

1 (16 ounce) package frozen corn

  • 1 sweet onion, diced

  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen shelled edamame (green soybeans)

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained

    • 1 (12 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped

    • 1 teaspoon smoked sea salt

    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

    • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

    • 1 small red onion, chopped

    • Edamame Fresca

    • 2 (12 ounce) packages frozen shelled edamame (green soybeans), thawed

    • 2 (14 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

    • 1 (14 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

    • 2 cups seasoned rice vinegar

    • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

      • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

      • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

      • 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger root

      • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

      • salt and ground black pepper to taste

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