Now that I have a toddler in the house, I’m very well acquainted with the degree of difficulty involved with getting said toddler to eat anything green.
Fortunately Fergal loves peas, so I always keep our freezer well stocked. But there are only so many times you can serve up peas each week. So I’ve been on the lookout for a Fergal-friendly green veg alternative.
And I’ve found a real beauty!
Yep. Edamame are our new family favourite veg.
What are edamame?
Basically they’re fresh soy beans still in their pod. I always have some when I go to Japanese restaurants. They’re usually served in their pods and you just pop out the little beans inside and discard the pods.
They’re a vibrant bright green and have a lovely sweet, mild fresh beany flavour. Fergal loves them and so do my Irishman and I. So they’re definitely for adults too!
Where can I get them?
Try your supermarket freezer near the frozen pea section. My local supermarket stocks them but it’s pretty large. The next best place to look would be an Asian or Japanese grocery store.
What can I substitute if I can’t find them?
Frozen peas or broad beans would be the closet thing. Or I guess fresh snow peas or sugar snap peas where you eat the pod as well.
Are frozen veg as good for you as fresh?
Absolutely! Freezing is pretty good for keeping most of the nutrients intact. I’ve even seen studies where the nutritional content of frozen veg was better than unfrozen veg that was getting on the ‘old’ side.
What about you?
What’s your favourite frozen veg? I’d love to hear in the comments below.
This is really more of an idea than an actual recipe. I usually make these for Fergal (and me!) to snack on while I get dinner ready.
Enough for: 1-2 as a snack
Takes: 5 minutes
1-2 handfuls frozen edamame
1 handful grated parmesan
1. Bring a small pot of water to the boil (I usually use the kettle).
2. Add edamame straight from the freezer. Simmer for 2 minutes.
3. Drain and pop in a serving dish (if you want them to cool down quickly for small hungry mouths run under the cold tap for a bit).
4. Remove edamame from their pods and discard pods. Sprinkle with parmesan and enjoy!
different veg / no edamame – broad beans are great (remove from the pods, simmer 2 mins and peel papery skins before eating). Or try parmesan peas (I just heat in a pan with a little butter until no longer frozen).
dairy-free / vegan – serve edamame with sea salt flakes instead of the parmesan.
more substantial – you can use the podded edamame anywhere you’d normally use frozen peas such as in soups or salads or fried rice. But since they’re a bit labour intensive I just stick to using them as a snack.
herby – add a few torn mint or basil leaves.
short on attention span – I often just cover the frozen edamame with boiling water from the kettle and leave to stand while I do other things.
And on ‘The Yellow Bench’ What I Eat, by Fergal 18 months old.