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Afternoon Snack: Steamed Edamame with Soy Sauce

Posted Oct 04 2010 5:37pm

While there are a lot of great edamame recipes out there, I love the simplicity of eating these straight-up, dipped in soy sauce. Edamame (AKA soybeans) make a great protein-packed snack.  They are quick and easy to prepare — frozen edamame can simply be steamed for about 5 minutes.  I find frozen edamame at both Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods;  I have not checked Safeway or other grocery stores but I would be surprised if they were not available there, since they are a pretty popular product.

Edamame Facts

  • Nutrition: 1/2 cup (shelled) has 120 calories, 5 g fat, 10 g carbs and 13 grams protein
  • The only vegetable that contains ALL NINE essential Amino Acids.  Read: this is a veggie that is not only high in protein,  but contains protein of high value which your body can put to good use. Most plant-based foods are lacking in one or more essential amino acids, which is why people consuming a vegan or vegetarian diet are urged to consume a wide variety of foods.
  • A good source of Vitamin A, Calcium and Iron
  • Saturated fat and cholesterol free
  • The fat in edamame is unsaturated, which is considered “good” fat

To eat, simply pop the beans out of their shells.  Dip in soy sauce, if desired.

Pictured: Steamed edamame,  soy sauce with crushed red pepper

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