Eating Delicious Dry Roasted Edamame

Edamame is a soybean that is still in the pod that has not yet fully grown. The soybean can frequently be found in China, Korea, Japan, and in Hawaii. There are several different ways to cook edamame soybeans. You can boil them with a variety of condiments, salt is the most common, and you can even make a dry roasted edamame that is very appetizing.

A common place to get edamame is usually at a Japanese restaurant (sometimes Chinese restaurants too) where it is typically served as an appetizer with salt sprinkled on top. Dry roasted edamame is typically only sold at supermarkets as opposed to restaurants.

Recently Edamame has become increasingly popular among the health food crowd because of its health benefits and nutritional value. Edamame is extremely high in phytoestrogens, a natural plant estrogen, which is may be linked to being useful in both coronary heart disease and diabetes.

Edamame is also very high in protein and low in calories and low in fat, which makes it a perfect snack on the go. Edamame is also very rich in calcium, vitamin A, and phosphorus. Dry roasted edamame is gluten free, cholesterol free, and MSG free.

There are an abundance of dishes that can be made from edamame such as edamame hummus. Here is one recipe, which can be made in a matter of minutes:

Boil edamame beans in salted water for about 5 minutes. You can also microwave them for 3 minutes covered. In a blender or food processor puree edamame beans, water, tahini, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, cumin, salt, and coriander until completely smooth. Then add a small amount of olive oil and mix. You can top the edamame with parley and oil. Hummus is great with vegetables or pita chips.

Here is the list of ingredients:

• ½ lb. frozen edamame (shelled)
• ¼ cup water
• ¼ cup tahini
• ½ tsp fresh lemon zest
• 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
• 3 tbsp olive oil
• 1 tbsp chopped parsley
• 1 clove crushed garlic
• ¾ tsp ground cumin
• ¼ tsp ground coriander
• Assorted vegetables of your choice or pita chips

But for a quick easy (and healthy) snack reach for a serving of dry roasted edamame. It's delicious and good for you as well! It is important to eat health consciously now a day since the average person does not have the most active lifestyle or the best eating habits when fast food restaurants are now at every corner in our neighborhoods.
Jason Bean is an activist for healthy eating as well as a fan and expert of edamame.

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