Easy Pantry Dinners: 5 Meals with Frozen Edamame

Edamame are high in fiber, high in protein, and best of all, high in deliciousness. As our previous round-up of edamame meal ideas can attest, frozen edamame is also a great pantry staple for any kitchen, vegan or omnivorian. Here are five more ideas for you to try this week.

Frozen edamame will thaw quickly on the counter (or even quicker given a minute or two in the microwave). If you buy edamame still in the pod, you'll need to split the inedible pod open and pop out the edamame beans inside. Just try not to eat them all as you're popping! Many grocery stores also sell edamame with their shells already removed.

1. Edamame Pesto - Whiz the edamame with a little olive oil and some fresh herbs and greens for a quick and tasty sauce for pasta or steamed vegetables. Some cooking water leftover from making pasta can help make the sauce thinner and creamier.

2. Edamame Veggie Burgers - Try mashing edamame beans with things like mushrooms, brown rice, cilantro, and tomato paste. A steamed potato does wonders for binding it all together.

3. Edamame Dumplings - Mixed with scallions, ginger, soy sauce, and rice vinegar, edamame makes a great filling for steamed dumplings. We like it just lightly mashed so we still get some nice texture from the edamame.

4. Edamame Soup - For a quick and creamy soup, sauté your favorite veggies and seasonings, add the edamame and some stock, and then purée in a food processor.

5. Edamame Spread for Sandwiches - This is similar to edamame pesto, but we'd leave the edamame more chunky and paste-like so that we can slather it on a piece of bread. Pile with fresh veggies for a great sandwich or wrap.

What are your favorite ways to cook with edamame?

Related: How to Stock a Vegan (or Vegetarian) Pantry

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