Translated “greater bean” in Chinese, the soybean is a nutritionally packed legume worthy of the title.
Soybeans grow in pods. Their edible seeds are most commonly green in color, but can also be found in shades of yellow, brown, and even black. ”Soy is one the most widely researched, health-promoting foods around. Soybeans’ key benefits are related to their excellent protein content, their high levels of essential fatty acids, numerous vitamins and minerals, their isoflavones, and their fiber.” (whfoods.com) The Soybean is the most widely used and researched legume in the wold. There are fresh soybeans (also known as edamame), dried soybean seeds, soymilk, soynuts, tofu, tempeh, soy flour, natto, miso… I think you get the picture. With all of these rich sources of soy, it can be easily incorporated into your diet.
Soybeans are an excellent source of protein for vegans and vegetarians. Regarded as equal in protein quality to animal foods, 1 cup of soybeans contains 57.2% of the Daily Value (DV) for protein. At less than 300 calories and only 2.2 grams of saturated fat, soybeans, which also have been shown to lower cholesterol levels, are a much healthier and heart friendly option.
For more information on soy and its health benefits, visit whfoods.com.
This week at the store, I did a demo of a new recipe, Edamame Hummus. People looked at me like I was strange when they saw the vibrant green bowl of dip and heard the words edamame and hummus in the same title. But, one bite and they were eating their words… so to speak! This dip is delicious on crackers, carrots, as a sandwich spread, on fish, on a salad…. you get the picture. Enjoy!
– 1 1/2 cups Frozen, Shelled Edamame
– 1/4 cup Water
– 1 clove Garlic
– 2 teaspoons Braggs Liquid Amions
– 2 Tablespoons Tahini
– 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
– 2 to 4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
– Sea Salt, to taste
Cook Edamame according to package instructions.
Place cooked Edamame, Water, Garlic, Braggs, Tahini, and Lemon Juice in a food processor fitted with an “S” blade and process until smooth.
Slowly drizzle in 2 Tablespoons EVOO while processor is running.
Stop and taste. Add Salt and remaining Oil to desired taste and texture.
GF Guy and I are officially moving into our new home on Memorial Day. The painting and floors will be done, but we won’t have our new bathroom or bedroom doors for a few more weeks. Oh well! C’est la vie! We are super excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will post pictures as soon as I can!