Edamame, pronounces Eh-dah-Mah-Meh is soy beans, one of the only plant source of complete protein containing all the essential amino acids. Soy beans can be found in the fresh from at supermarkets and farmers markets. The frozen variety include soy beans in the pod and those that are shelled.
The frozen variety is really convenient and easy to make. The pod variety is often served in Asian restaurants as a starter. My son Shyam, first introduced me to eating Edamame from the pod. The best part of this starter is that it is cholesterol free and low in carbs. It is a source of health promoting anti-oxidants and very easy to make. The directions are on the package but I will include them here as well.
Delicious Edamame ready to be eaten
Edamame served as a side to Red Quinoa and Roasted Pumpkin
When it is ready to be eaten just take a pod, tossed with sea salt, suck on one end & scoop the beans into your mouth. The pods are tasty as they retain the salt. The package directions suggest that you discard the pod after sucking on it. It is really a healthy, easy starter and you will have fun scooping it into your mouth. Edamame is available in a variety of brands. Just check the vegetable section in the frozen food section in your supermarket
The shelled soybeans are similar in appearance to Lima Beans. You can use these beans in place of peas or Lima beans. The shelled beans can also be made into a delicious dip that can be used with vegetables and applied to sandwiches.
According to Mark Messina,PhD, studies show that soy contains isoflavines, estrogen like compounds that improve bone density which in turn reduces the risk of fractures. It is also a source of omega-3 fats which help reduce the risk of heart disease & inflammation which may lead to diabetes. Eating soy protein also helps to reduce cholesterol. Check this link if you would like more information on Soy Products
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