Edamame, those little green bursts of soy that you can enjoy as a snack or as a meal, have become a staple in my local grocery store. I started hearing about the popularity of this health nugget years back, and a couple of months ago I noticed bags of dried edamame snacks in a variety of flavors hanging from the racks. Edamame is the name for a particular preparation of young, non-ripe soybeans in the pod, in which they are boiled in water along with salt (between a teaspoon and a tablespoon of salt per pound of edamame).
Edamame goes back as least as far as the year 1275, when a monk left a thank-you note for a parishioner who had given him a gift of edamame.
A half cup of edamame contains a whopping 11 grams of complete protein, providing all of the essential amino acids, plus 9 grams of fiber to give you a feeling of fullness. It also offers 8 percent of your Recommended Daily Allowance of Vitamin A, and 10 percent of your RDA of Vitamin C and iron.
Here we have a simple recipe for getting a healthy dose of nutrition, courtesy of AllRecipes.com. And you can wipe off any spills with Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaner, a nontoxic, VOC-free formula that works on marble, granite, and a variety of other surfaces.
Garlic Teriyaki Edamame
Makes 4 Servings
• 1/4 cup water
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 (16 ounce) package frozen edamame in the pod
• 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
• 1 tablespoon sesame oil
• 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
Bring the water and garlic to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Stir in the edamame, and cook until the edamame are hot, and the liquid has nearly evaporated, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-high and stir in the teriyaki sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, and sesame oil. Stir constantly until the sauce has thickened and coats the edamame, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds to serve.