Sophisticated Savories

Sophisticated Savories

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The "wonder veggie"

The "wonder veggie."

The Japanese call it edamame, but for the none Japanese, it is also known as: sweet beans, vegetable soybeans, beer beans, green soybeans, garden soybeans, immature soybeans and even edible soybeans. 

Let's stick with edamame, shall we?

The soybean is a complete protein containing all of the amino acid building blocks. It also provides an antioxidant boost from plant chemicals called isoflavones.

Ok, fantastic. In laymen's terms... edamame are incredibly good for your overall health.

But how does one enjoy... aside from steaming them in their pods and sprinkling with sea salt?

Edamame puree.

Easy preparation and brilliant addition to a plethora of proteins/composed meals.

I generally will purchase a bag of frozen edamame (deshelled) and allow to boil for about 5 minutes. After rinsing with warm water, I transfer the warm beans into a food processor and allow to pulse until relatively smooth. In addition, I will add 1/4 cup roasted cashews, then thin the consistency with about 3/4 cup 0% Greek yogurt. A touch of sesame oil will add an asian hint to the beautiful green puree... sea salt, cayenne pepper to taste and the juice of 1/2 lemon... simply blend all ingredients together.

Using a peeler, I created thin strips of beets, then roasted them with coconut oil, smoked sea salt, cayenne pepper and a touch of lemon juice. I thinly sliced a gluten free bread that I had made earlier and toasted it to create a "crouton."

Fresh greens are the final brightening touch... basil, mache leaves and parsley should do the final trick... tossed with a few drops of lemon juice and olive oil... sprinkle of sea salt.

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." - J.R.R. Tolkien

Love y'all dearly!! 

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