Parmesan Garlic Roasted Edamame – need a new way to get your kids to eat their vegetables? These soy beans are roasted until crispy and coated in Parmesan cheese. Great for picky eaters!
Today, I am here to share with you one of my favorite ways to incorporate soy beans into your diet. We’ve been making this roasted edamame for years! Even my son, who doesn’t like very many vegetables, loves this.
Soy beans are a naturally cholesterol-free food that is full of lots of different nutrients. They are very high in protein and fiber,as well as rich in vitamin B, phosphorus and iron. Soy beans are a great food to incorporate into what you are eating.
When you think of soy beans, lots of people think of tofu, but it doesn’t have to be just tofu! You can add soy milk to your soups and smoothies, and dried soy nuts are a great snack. I like to add edamame to my salads or stir-fry. And this garlic edamame is a staple at our house as well.
WHAT IS EDAMAME?
Edamame are immature soy beans that are still in their pods. You often see them on the menu in Japanese restaurants still in the pod. You can also buy them already shelled like I do for this. Frozen edamame is easy to find with the rest of the frozen vegetables in the grocery store. I like to have a couple bags on hand at all times.
HOW TO COOK EDAMAME
This depends on if you are eating it in the shell or not. If you have them still in the shell, you just steam them for a few minutes until they are warm and then sprinkle with salt. We eat a lot of edamame this way in our house too, but my son is definitely partial to the roasted version.
To make roasted edamame, I start with a bag of frozen edamame that I leave mostly frozen – no need to thaw. Just coat with a little olive oil, garlic salt, and Parmesan cheese. Heat in a very hot oven until golden brown and crispy. Then serve immediately with just about any dinner you are making.
Soy is a phytoestrogen, a plant-based estrogen. You may have seen in the news with concerns about possible links to breast cancer in women who consume a lot of soy. More and more studies show this is not the case. The estrogen in a plant is not the same as in the human body, so it is not something we need to worry about.
I was doing some research and found one study that said consuming soy in conjunction with probiotics could actually reduce the risk of breast cancer. In the end, you need to do the research for yourself, but more and more studies conclude there is no increased risk with consuming soy, which is good news because I am going to continue eating this edamame regularly!
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- 1 (14 oz) package frozen shelled edamame
- 1 Tbls olive oil
- 2 Tbls Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Toss edamame with olive oil until well coated.
- Add Parmesan cheese and garlic salt and mix until everything is evenly coated.
- Pour onto a baking sheet.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. You will want to flip the edamame after about 10 minutes.
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