Edamame are a great addition to any healthy diet. They’re part of the legume family and are basically immature soybeans.
Beans are among some of the best protein and iron sources for vegetarians and vegans. They also contain all essential amino acids.
Edamame is low in carbs and measures very low on the glycemic index, meaning it doesn’t excessively raise blood sugar levels.
They are very rich in fibre and many vitamins and minerals.
They are also easy to prepare. Most often you will find them in the frozen section and you can simply defrost or cook as per the packet instructions. Remove the beans from the pod and discard pod. You can just pop out beans or use scissors to cut space between beans then pop out.
Edamame is a great snack on it’s own with nothing but a little sea salt.
It can also be added to all sorts of dishes. Like noodles, stews, soups - or salads like this delicious Strictly You recipe.
Black Bean & Edamame Salad
- 100 g Unshelled Edamame
- 0.5 Lebanese Cucumber
- 0.5 cup Cherry Tomatoes
- 3 Tbsp Fresh Parsley
- 50 g Romaine/Cos Lettuce
- 0.5 cup Canned Black Beans
- 0.25 Garlic Clove
- 1.5 tsp Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Honey
Prepare edamame. Defrost/cook as per packet instructions. Most often they come frozen. Remove beans from the pod and discard pod. You can just pop out beans or use scissors to cut space between beans then pop out.
Halve cherry tomatoes.
Roughly chop parsley.
Break up cos lettuce.
Rinse and drain black beans.
Make up salad by tossing together edamame, cucumber, tomatoes, parsley, cos lettuce and black beans.
To make dressing, combine crushed garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, honey and pinch of salt. Combine well and pour over salad.