One of my favorite toppings for my lunch salads is edamame, also known as soybeans. I buy both the seeds (shelled) and the whole pods:
I find the shelled seeds easier to eat on a salad. I try to buy the Woodstock Farms brand because they are not only organic, but are Non-GMO (GMO stands for genetically-modified organism) certified. While organic foods are technically supposed to be non-GMO as part of their certification, there is the danger of cross-contamination and I like the extra assurance of the Non-GMO Project.
As a side note, have you heard the buzz about the push to label GMO foods? As of now, there is no requirement on food manufacturers to let consumers know if their products have GMO ingredients. My personal opinion is that we have the right to know. Here’s a link to a pro-labeling movement: http://justlabelit.org/.
The easiest and most delicious way to cook edamame is on the stovetop. Just bring a large pot of water to boil and pour in the contents of the package:
Let the pot simmer for about 5 minutes and then drain the pot in a strainer. I like the rinse the beans with cool water to stop them from cooking (no one likes mushy edamame):
Then, I just heap them on my salad. Yesterday’s version had romaine, my creamy avocado dressing, cooked asparagus (made from frozen and heated in the microwave), kiwi, pistachio nuts, chopped onion and the edamame:
If you haven’t tried eating soy beans, then I encourage you to try them. The flavor is mild and the nutrition is stellar, here’s the label for the package (one serving provides 150 calories, 7 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein):
Now, onto the safety of soy foods question. Bottom line: unless you have a soy allergy, then up to 3 servings of unprocessed soy products are shown to be not only safe, but health-promoting. Dr. Fuhrman sums up the safety argument nicely here. Unprocessed and minimally processed soy products include: tofu, soybeans (edamame), tempeh, miso and soy milk. One serving is 1 cup of soy milk or 1/2 cup of soy beans, tofu or tempeh.
On the other hand, processed soy products include soy protein isolates that are used in protein powders, drinks and bars, meat analogues, cereals and other processed foods. Stay away from these, they are not healthful.
Questions or comments on this issue? Leave me a comment on this post or send me an e-mail at carrieonvegan @ gmail . com.
And, before I forget, I selected the winner of my Mary’s Gone Crackers giveaway yesterday! The winner was Jana (comment #2) who will get one box each of Mary’s crackers, cookies and pretzels. Lucky Jana!
I hope everyone has a nice weekend! We have been getting a warm spell in California and I’m hoping to enjoy the outdoors this weekend with a day trip up the coast on Sunday. I’ll post tomorrow (Saturday), take the day off on Sunday and then be back Monday for a full week of blogging. This was my first week posting daily. It was a lot of work but so much fun. Do you like hearing from me every day?