Sweet and Spicy Edamame (Soy!)

I have to say, I think my favorite vegetable (next to the traditional green salad) is shelled edamame (pronounced, ed-duh-mem-a).  Not only are they delicious, but they are so healthy, too!  They are packed with fiber, protein, and iron, as well as some calcium and vitamin C.  A 1 cup serving will meet 32% of your daily value for fiber, about 33% of your daily value for protein intake (average person weighing 150 pounds) and 20% of your daily iron.

They are inexpensive (you can buy them right in the freezer section of your grocery store alongside all of the other frozen veggies), as well as quick and easy to prepare.

Here is an easy recipe for Sweet and Spicy Edamame:

16 oz. bag Edamame (with shells)

Sugar (a couple of pinches)

Mrs. Dash® Southwest Chipotle Seasoning Blend

(Experiment!  Play with a variety of seasonings that you like)

Cook edamame according to bag directions (typically cook them in boiling water, 5-7 minutes).  Remove from water, strain and blot dry.  Place edamame on a large plate and sprinkle with a few pinches of sugar and a some Mrs. Dash’s seasoning.

NOTE:  When eating shelled edamame, you DON’T EAT THE SHELL!  You suck off the seasoning from the outside and “squirt” the inside beans into your mouth (sounds weird, but don’t know how else to phrase it :) )

Enjoy!

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