Edamame, or soybeans, have been popular in China and Japan for thousands of years and are now readily available in most grocery stores. They’re low in fat and calories and high in protein, fiber and almost every other essential vitamin and mineral. Soybeans have great health benefits,however one must remember that they also contain active ingredients similar to estrogen - the recommendation is to eat them in moderation in order to reap the health benefits without causing imbalances in the body. This is a great alternative dip to serve at dinner parties, it is sure to have all your guests talking!
225g frozen shelled edamame (green soy beans)
60g tahini paste
½ tsp freshly grated lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tbsp)
1 clove garlic, crushed
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp ground coriander seeds
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- Boil the beans in salted water for 4 to 5 minutes, or microwave, covered, for 2 to 3 minutes.
- In a food processor, puree the edamame, tahini paste, water, lemon zest and juice, garlic, salt, cumin, and coriander seeds, until smooth. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and mix until absorbed.
- Transfer to a small bowl, stir in the parsley and drizzle with the remaining oil.
- Serve with the assorted crudites, or refrigerate, covered, for up to 24 hours.
Source: Food Network Kitchens