Edamame Beans with Olive Oil

This recipe offers a delicious East-meets-West combination, a great way to bring together good taste and nutrition.
 

Ingredients: 

3/4 cup water
4 cups frozen shelled raw edamame beans
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons finely ground sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions: 

1. Pour the water into a medium cooking pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, add the frozen beans, and cook, covered, for 6 minutes, until firm but tender. Remove from the heat, drain and divide beans equally among four soup bowls.
2. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over the beans in each bowl, and sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and a generous pinch of pepper. Serve immediately.

Variations: This recipe has lots of room for improvisation, so play around. For example, when cooking the beans in the water, try adding 1 tablespoon dried minced onion, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or other spices and seasonings of choice. Or, you can also use butter instead of olive oil: melt 1/8 pound of sweet butter in a small saucepan, add 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, stir well, and pour over the beans just before serving; omit the pepper. Finally, you can sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped herbs such as chives, mint, dill, fennel, sage, tarragon, or lemongrass over the beans just before serving.
 

Nutritional Analysis: 
Calories: 310, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 1170mg, Carbohydrate: 16g, Fiber: 8g, Protein: 17g
Yield: 
4 Servings

K. Dun Gifford, from "The Oldways Table"

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