In the frozen vegetable aisle, superfood edamame shines as a go-to ingredient for lean, green, plant-powered meals. Sold both inside their pods and shelled, mighty edamame is low in calories (just 91 per 1/2 cup serving) and loaded with satisfying protein. It’s also rich in vitamins and minerals, including iron and more than a quarter (28%) of the daily recommended amount of fiber per serving. Edamame is also a vegan-friendly source of calcium, antioxidants, and heart-smart omega-3s.
Savory, buttery, mildly nutty edamame is delicious alone by the handful as a filling snack. It’s also a smart freezer standby ingredient for a pop of color, crunch, and plant-based nutrition in weeknight-ready meals.
Soba Salad with Edamame and Peppers
This vibrant noodle salad bursting with feel-good nutrients is a 5-ingredient fix for the blues. Hearty soba (aka buckwheat) noodles tossed in sesame-ginger dressing with bell peppers, scallion, and edamame makes a perfectly portable lunch or side dish ready in 10 minutes.
This gorgeously green, totally easy hummus is a celebration-worthy addition for veggie platters and grazing boards. Shelled edamame takes the place of chickpeas in a creamy dip (or sandwich spread) with the traditional flavors of nutty tahini, garlic, and spices.
This fast-tracked version of classic Chinese chicken salad is ready in less than 10 minutes. Crunchy coleslaw mix gets a trifecta of flavor and protein from rotisserie chicken, sliced almonds, and edamame tossed in an Asian-inspired sesame dressing.