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Friday, April 24, 2015

Try Edamane

Try Edamame
You may have been reading about edamame or seen them in the supermarket.  They are green, immature soybeans usually in the pod.  There has been a lot of interest in them due to their nutritional value.  Per half cup serving, they have 9 grams of fiber, only 2.5 grams of fat, 11 grams of protein for 120 calories.  The isoflavones in soybeans have been linked with reducing overall blood cholesterol and LDL “bad” cholesterol, and raising HDL “good” cholesterol.

I attended the Wisconsin Association of Family and Consumer Science annual conference recently and the following recipe was shared. The recipe is a great way to enjoy edamames.

Edamame Dip
3 cups frozen soybeans, cooked (shelled and steamed if fresh and still in pods)
½ cup red onion, minced
2 teaspoons jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 ½ teaspoon fresh lime juice
¼ cup cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
1 ½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 cup cooked Great Northern beans, drainer (can also used canned beans to eliminate cooking step – rinse and drain well)
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water, as needed 

1.       If using frozen edamame, cook according to package directions.
2.       Put edamame, minced red onion, jalapeno pepper, and garlic in the food processor, and pulse to puree.
3.       With the motor running, drizzle the cider vinegar, followed by the lime juice.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Add cilantro, sea salt and cumin and blend.
4.       Add the Great Northern beans and olive oil in three parts.  Scrape sides of the bowl, taste for seasoning and adjust as desired.  Add up to 2 tablespoons of water until the mixture reaches desired consistency. 

Source of recipe: Learning Zone Express       


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