Looking for a low-carb snack or side dish that’s a little sweet and a tiny bit spicy? Try Roasted Edamame with Wasabi and Honey.
I’ve been doing The Fit Blog‘s Fit with Diabetes New Year’s Challenge for the last few weeks. In general, they recommend that 40% of your daily calories come from protein. Carbs should be 30-40% and fat should be 20-30%, depending on whether your goal is losing weight or building muscle.
But let’s get back to the protein. I was pretty confident my diet contained a lot of protein, but I started tracking my daily food intake via MyFitnessPal just to verify. Boy, was I wrong! Even when I’m focused on adding more protein to each meal, it still isn’t easy for me to hit 40%.
Enter soybeans. Edamame (soybeans) are an almost perfect ratio of protein to carbs to fat and I thought they would work really well for me as a snack. Roasted edamame with a hint of wasabi (but not too much) and honey sounded ideal.
My only challenge was locating wasabi powder. I finally found it at the fourth grocery store I tried. If you have trouble, you can order it from amazon.com (affiliate link).
How to Eat Roasted Edamame
There are several ways to enjoy these sweet and spicy soybeans:
- As a snack
- In a salad
- As a side dish for an Asian-inspired meal
Roasted Edamame with Wasabi and Honey
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon wasabi powder
- 10 ounces frozen shelled edamame, thawed and drained
- Kosher salt optional
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a small bowl (custard cup), combine coconut oil and honey. Microwave for about 20 seconds at 100% or until coconut oil melts and honey is pourable. Add wasabi powder and mix well.
- Place edamame in a large bowl. Pour honey mixture over edamame and mix well. Spread in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake for 6 minutes, stir, and bake another 6 to 9 minutes or until the edamame has a lot of brown spots.
- Transfer edamame to a large bowl and sprinkle with salt, if desired. Serve immediately as a side dish or cool completely and eat as a snack.