Healing Foods

Edamame

Japan's favorite legume is a treasure trove of lean protein, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients
edamame

Nutritionally, few foods hold a candle to the sensational soybean in its purest form. A staple food in Japan, green soybeans are harvested before fully ripened for a nutty flavor and crisp texture. With more than 17 grams of protein and just 8 grams of fat per cup, edamame is a great source of plant-based protein to quell hunger and build lean body mass. Each serving is also replete with fiber, vitamins C and K, folate, magnesium, potassium, and energizing iron. Furthermore, the isoflavones in soy have been found to protect against type 2 diabetes, lung cancer, and premenopausal breast cancer. Who knew a food could be so naturally talented?

Choose It & Use It
Edamame can be purchased in or out of its pod in the freezer section of most grocery stores. To avoid GMO soy, choose bags labeled organic. Add edamame to salads, soups, and stir-fries, or swap for the chickpeas in hummus or the lima beans in succotash. Or snack on boiled edamame topped with lemon juice, smoked salt, and cayenne.

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Edamame Rice Bowls

Edamame Rice Bowls

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Shelled edamame (soybeans), aren’t just for Asian dishes. Here, they add fresh, subtle flavor to a warm rice salad studded with dried cranberries and olives. For a speedier supper, use instant brown rice in the recipe.

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Vegetable Gyoza and Edamame Succotash

Vegetable Gyoza and Edamame Succotash

Gyoza are crescent-shaped Japanese dumplings (sometimes called pot stickers) that can be steamed or pan-fried and are usually served as an appetizer. Here, they are stir-fried with frozen edamame succotash and topped with a black bean sauce for a spicy main dish. If you can’t find edamame succotash

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Purple Cabbage Salad with Edamame, Golden Raisins, and Smoked Almonds

Purple Cabbage Salad with Edamame, Golden Raisins, & Smoked Almonds

Perfect for potlucks, this salad keeps its crunchy texture.

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Edamame Pâté Sandwiches

Edamame Pâté Sandwiches

The pâté can also be spread on crackers or thinned with additional water and used as a dip.

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Half a bagel with Dark Chocolate Dreams vegan chocolate peaunt spread. I also like to snack on veggie deli slices because they're so low in fat but so high in protein!VA:F [1.9.8_1114]Like (0 votes)

Francia - 2012-05-02 15:14:27