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After the Vegetarian Food Festival last weekend, I was all soyed out. Seriously! Soy was served up in every little shape and size they could dream up. From icing on cupcakes, to dried out beans covered in sugar and cinnamon, they could almost change the name of the event to the Soy Food Festival.
What did I eat the weekend of the event? I kicked it BYOS- Bring Your Own Salad/Smoothie. Now it's not that I hate soy... Okay, I do. I do hate it and all the ways it functions like plasticine- getting moulded and blended and cooked and baked into all kinds of things. Soy on it's own, in it's whole organic form is a-okay though. I will actually eat it, love it and feel okay after.
Too much soy is not a good thing. It's an easy substitute for so many things- especially when you are trying to keep the meat away, but I would venture that even daily is about 5 times a week too many. Too much can mess with our hormones and our digestion- to name just a few. Plus, unless it's certified organic, you my lovers are eating GMOs and they are evil!
I have three fave ways to eat soy.
1. As Tempeh
2. As Miso (link to miso soup recipe)
3. As Edemame- which is really like saying I like eating soy in it's naked bean form. Look at how cute and furry those little guys are!
I recently picked up a couple branches of organic edamame at my local farmer's market (As an aside, I had them poking out of my purse when I went for a meeting with the executive producer of The Marilyn Denis Show as I attempted to explain how mainstream I could be for the show).
And now for your musical interlude so the title of my post isn't totally random to those of you born after 1985.
So let's, for just a moment pretend that soy in the form of a hot dog, a cake, a donut, icing, or oil is given a different name altogether- as it really is like a whole other food, and for a moment, give a little love to the plain and simple little humble bean that we love so much as our appetizer when we kick it sushi style for dins.
5 Reasons I Heart Edamame
- Edamame is a super veg source of protein. You know I hate combining numbers and foods but just to give you an idea, a half-cup of these young beans has eleven grams of protein and is one of the few vegetarian protein sources that have all nine of the essential amino acids. Booya.
- Loaded with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats to keep heart disease at bay and blood flowing like the nile river (before it was polluted).
- Keep you pooping! That same half-cup of edamame has four grams of colon-cleansing fiber that keeps things moving, keeps energy stable and helps battle the sugar cravings.
- The isoflavones, folate and vitamin K are all friends of the heart which is nice.
- They make a great serving vesicle, when steamed, for mineral rich celtic or himalayan sea salt.
You got that last point there? Right? Serving vesicle for sea salt.
Steamed Edamame (As if you need this recipe!)
2-3 cups organic edamame (and PLEASE try and find local as opposed to organic from China)
sea salt to taste
- Remove whole beans from stem.
- Wash well
- Steam for 20 minutes or until soft
- Toss with sea salt
- Serve warm or cold.