Looking for a high-energy snack? Check out one of my favorites–Edamame! Better known as soybeans, these little pods are high in protein, low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Most times, I have a bowl of these green wonders nearby. Shelling them has kept my hands out of the potato chip bag on many occasions! You should try them. They’re quick to make, fun to eat, and easy on the waistline.
You’ll find them in the freezer section of your grocery store, or Trader Joe’s (my favorite store!) if you have one nearby. Can you boil water? That’s all you have to do to fix Edamame. Here’s how:
- Fill a large pot with water. Add a generous amount of sea salt–about 2 tablespoons. Cover pot and bring water to a rapid boil.
- Remove lid, and add a full bag of frozen Edamame (14 oz.) Set timer for 5 minutes.
- Edamame will float to the top when they are cooked. After 5 minutes have elapsed, if all Edamame have not risen to the top, you can add 2 more minutes, but no more! Be sure not to over-cook them!
- Place a colander in the sink, and carefully dump the entire pot full of water and Edamame to drain.
- Rinse immediately with cold water to shock the Edamame and stop the cooking. This will preserve their firmness and beautiful green color.
- Dust with 1 tablespoon of sea salt and shake to distribute evenly.
How to eat Edamame: Feel the little mounds under the skin of the Edamame pod? They are the edible part. To get at these little nugget, gently squeeze the pod and the Edamame will pop right out–usually 2 or 3 beans per pod. They’re frisky little beans, so hold them close to your mouth so they’ll drop right in. Enjoy!