Thursday, January 24, 2008

healthy ingredients - edamame

Edamame are rich sources of isoflavones, compounds that may help reduce cholesterol, fight cancer and strengthen bones. They're also a great source of protein, fiber and B vitamins. Look for plump, dark green pods about two inches long. To prepare for snacking, rub the pods with kosher salt to remove as much fuzz as possible, then boil or steam the beans until just tender.

4 cups shelled edamame
10 garlic cloves, peeled
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; add edamame and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup liquid. Combine edamame, garlic, 1/2 cup cooking liquid in a food processor, and process until smooth. Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and combine.

175 Calories; 5 Fat grams

Edamame Recipes




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