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Three Ways to Cook with Edamame

If you think quick and easy frozen food just means nuggets and pizza, it’s time to think about edamame. We've got three tasty recipes that prove the nutrient-rich, surprisingly versatile bean is so much more than sushi’s favorite side dish.
February March 2022 Healthier

In the frozen vegetable aisle, superfood edamame shines as a go-to ingredient for lean, green, plant-powered meals. Sold both inside their pods and shelled, mighty edamame is low in calories (just 91 per 1/2 cup serving) and loaded with satisfying protein. It’s also rich in vitamins and minerals, including iron and more than a quarter (28%) of the daily recommended amount of fiber per serving. Edamame is also a vegan-friendly source of calcium, antioxidants, and heart-smart omega-3s.

Savory, buttery, mildly nutty edamame is delicious alone by the handful as a filling snack. It’s also a smart freezer standby ingredient for a pop of color, crunch, and plant-based nutrition in weeknight-ready meals.

Soba Salad with Edamame and Peppers

This vibrant noodle salad bursting with feel-good nutrients is a 5-ingredient fix for the blues. Hearty soba (aka buckwheat) noodles tossed in sesame-ginger dressing with bell peppers, scallion, and edamame makes a perfectly portable lunch or side dish ready in 10 minutes. 

Edamame Hummus

This gorgeously green, totally easy hummus is a celebration-worthy addition for veggie platters and grazing boards. Shelled edamame takes the place of chickpeas in a creamy dip (or sandwich spread) with the traditional flavors of nutty tahini, garlic, and spices. 

Chopped Chinese Chicken Salad

This fast-tracked version of classic Chinese chicken salad is ready in less than 10 minutes. Crunchy coleslaw mix gets a trifecta of flavor and protein from rotisserie chicken, sliced almonds, and edamame tossed in an Asian-inspired sesame dressing. 

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