Superfood: Edamame


We all know these little, green protein powerhouses that are commonly found tableside at your local Japanese restaurant. They’re mildly sweet, pop-able soybeans that are absolutely delicious, addictive and really good for you. But don't just save them up for your nights out.

It can be so hard to get a good amount of protein and fibre into our diets. Just half a cup of these legumes will provide a whopping nine grams of fibre, 11 grams of protein and a great amount of antioxidants, all for 120 calories. These numbers make edamame one of the most nutritious soy products available.

They’re delicious to eat on their own or mixed in dips and salads. We’ve got a couple of simple recipes that will have you eating one of most nutritious yet delicious snacks as often as you can!

Crispy Edamame (Serves 5)

Ingredients What to do
  • 1 packet frozen shelled edamame
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Place the edamame into a colander and rinse under cold water to thaw. Drain.
  2. Spread the edamame beans into the bottom of the baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle cheese over the top and season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Bake for about 15 minutes in the preheated oven until the cheese is crispy and golden.

 *Recipe from Allrecipes.com

Lemon Potato and Edamame Salad (Serves 4-6)

Ingredients What to do
  • 1kg potatoes
  • 500g edamame beans
Marinade
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ lemon, juice and peel
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds or sesame seeds
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Boil the potatoes and set aside
  2. Boil some water and pour it over the frozen edamame beans. Let them soak for a couple of minutes, then remove the shell.
  3. Mix the marinade and cut the potatoes into medium size pieces
  4. Mix potatoes, edamame beans and the marinade in a bowl, ready to serve. 

*Recipe from Green Kitchen Stories

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