A buttery first taste of soy

Tofu and soy milk don’t do it for you? There’s another way to take advantage of the health benefits of soy — edamame.

If tofu is not welcome on your plate

Tofu and soy milk don’t do it for you? There’s another way to take advantage of the health benefits of soy — edamame.

Edamame are young, green soybeans that are harvested at the peak of ripeness, just before they harden. When cooked, they have a nutty, almost buttery flavour.

Edamame pods (the variety still in the shell) typically are boiled or steamed, then eaten as a snack. A sprinkle of sea salt can be added before the beans are popped directly from the pods into your mouth.

Cooked edamame also can be used in many of the same ways you use cooked beans — soups, salads, stir-fries and dips.

Shelled edamame can be cooked until tender, then mashed with garlic, lemon juice and tahini to make a hummus-like dip. To make a low-fat alternative to guacamole, puree cooked edamame with lime juice and garlic, then stir in chopped cilantro and minced jalapeno peppers.

This recipe for grilled corn and edamame succotash is a twist on the Southern classic that’s usually made with lima beans. Grilling the corn heightens the sweetness and adds a toasty dimension to its flavour, which is balanced by the bracing tartness of the sherry vinegar.

Grilled Corn and Edamame Succotash

4 ears corn, shucked and cleaned of silk

375 ml (1 1/2 cups) frozen, shelled edamame

15 ml (1 tbsp) olive oil

1 small red bell pepper, cored and diced

1 small red onion, diced

1 medium shallot, diced

30 to 45 ml (2 to 3 tbsp) sherry vinegar, or to taste

2 ml (1/2 tsp) kosher salt

Ground black pepper, to taste

30 ml (2 tbsp) chopped fresh chives (optional)

Heat a grill to medium-high.

Wrap each ear of corn in foil. Grill for 15 minutes, rolling corn occasionally so all sides are cooked. Carefully remove corn from foil and set aside until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.

Using a serrated knife, remove grilled corn kernels from cobs. To do this, stand each ear on its wide end, then saw knife down length of cob. Set aside.

Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add edamame and cook until tender, about 5 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

In a large non-stick skillet over medium, heat oil. Add bell pepper, onion and shallot. Saute until vegetables begin to soften, 2 to 3 minutes.

Stir in grilled corn kernels and edamame. Saute for 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat, then stir in vinegar. Season with salt , pepper and chives.

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