Steamed Edamame

At the end of April, I gave the Chill Zone kids a behind-the-scenes tour of Moody Street’s  Tempo Bistro, the restaurant I’ve worked at for nearly five years. We hit all the major spots of interest, including the dining room floor, prep kitchen, walk-in refrigerators, and main kitchen. Since we were there during the early afternoon (before the restaurant opened for the night), the kids even got a chance to chat with the executive and sous (pronounced “sue;” French for “under”) chefs!

As the cornerstone of our work with the Chill Zone, I still wanted to include a healthy snack for the kids to eat during our tour. Luckily, Tempo serves steamed edamame (green soy bean pods) as an appetizer. None of the kids had ever had the dish before, so we turned our healthy snack into a taste test; it got 100% positive feedback. The best part? It is so easy and simple to make at home! Look for it in the freezer section of your local grocery store’s natural foods section. Even better, we’ll be planting loads of edamame @ McDevitt Middle School this week to enjoy in September.

Steamed Edamame

2-3 servings

1. Fill a medium-large pot with 6-8 cups of water; bring to a boil.

2. Carefully add one package (typically 14oz) of frozen edamame pods into the pot; cook for 4-5 minutes.

3. Carefully drain the edamame in a colander and lightly sprinkle with salt while hot.



Image by Rebekah Carter (2011).


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