Edamame is a fantastic snack that is healthier than the salty chip alternatives. It is a soy bean and is a great source of fiber and has some iron, vitamin C, calcium and vitamin A. Not only is it healthy, but kids love it and is super easy and quick to make. If you can boil water, you can make it! It is normally found in the frozen vegetable section of your grocery store. So next time you or your kids start to reach for the chips give this snack a try – bet you can’t eat just one!
1 – 16 oz. bag of frozen edamame (bag sizes may vary)
Water (about 4 cups or per package directions)
Generally there are directions on the back of the package, but in a nut shell this is how it is done. Fill a medium pot with about 4 cups of water, add about 1 tablespoon of kosher salt and bring to a boil. Add edamame and cook for about 5 minutes. Remove, add about 1 – 2 tablespoons of kosher salt and stir to evenly coat edamame with the kosher salt. Let slightly cool and gently squeeze pods and remove the beans. Eat beans and discard shell. Generally this is done by running your teeth down the pod vertically and the beans will pop out and you will also get the salt too. Enjoy!
Baking them is an alternative as well. Place beans onto a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Place in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 5 minutes or until heated through.
Steaming is a third alternative. Place beans into a large steamer and steam for about 5 minutes until heated through remove and evenly sprinkle with kosher salt.