Today on the blog I have a super quick, healthy and delicious appetizer for you.
Edamame (Soybeans) have so many health benefits…. Low in fat and calories, high in protein, fiber and almost every other essential vitamin and mineral. The polyunsaturated fats in Edamame include heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Last spring while on a trip to Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, Lee and I had a lovely late lunch on the patio overlooking the mountains.
Here we are…..The view was gorgeous. It was Lee’s 50th birthday! 🙂
We decided to order two or three appetizers instead of a full meal. One of the appetizers that we had was an amazing edamame with sort of an Asian…. soy-orange-ginger marinade. I had no idea what the exact ingredients were…. I could just recognize some of the flavors and…..I knew I had to try and recreate this at home.
The funny thing is when the waiter brought the edamame to the table I noticed that there was an empty bowl on the tray. Me, never having eaten anything other than already shelled edamame, had no idea why we would need an empty bowl. After trying to bite into the edamame pod….I realized that the pod was not edible and would be very tough to chew. Ummmm, duh! 🙂
So…. It’s sort of like eating boiled peanuts. (For those of you from the South)
You just suck the pod and get all the flavor from the marinade and then break open the pod to get to the edamame beans. Throw the shell away.
Hope you enjoy! Happy Weekend!
NOTE: When purchasing edamame, shelled or unshelled…. always look for organic and non-GMO brands. A large portion of the soybeans grown are genetically modified. Pesticides and fertilizers are also used in the farming of these soybeans which I believe can be related to disease and inflammation in our bodies. (My opinion)
|Orange Ginger Edamame Appetizer|| |
- 1 Package of frozen edamame (Unshelled)
- ¼ cup of soy sauce (Low sodium, gluten free)
- Juice of 1 orange
- 2 Tbsp. of local honey
- 1 Tbsp. of rice vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
- 1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp. of fresh ginger, finely chopped
- Cook the edamame according to package directions and set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, freshly squeezed orange juice, honey, rice vinegar, olive oil, garlic and ginger.
- Place edamame into a gallon size zip-lock storage bag.
- Pour the soy-orange juice mixture into the bag over the edamame pods.
- Allow the edamame to marinate for 1-2 hours, tossing the bag occasionally during the two hours to make sure that all pods are coated well. You may place the bag in the refrigerator if you prefer, but it is not necessary.
- Remove the pods from the bag and place in a microwave safe shallow dish.
- Heat the edamame in the microwave for 1-2 minutes depending on your microwave.
- Serve immediately with a separate bowl to discard the empty pods.