I came up with this Edamame & Almond Brown Rice recipe last night, kind of on a whim. I knew I wanted to make a brown rice and veggie dish for dinner and I had originally planned to use broccoli, but at the last minute I changed my mind because edamame sounded better and I had some in the freezer just staring at me! It was simple, very tasty, and made for a healthy vegetarian dinner. Or, if you’d like, this could be served as a side dish instead.
I know there is some (okay, a lot of) debate out there regarding whether soy is beneficial or harmful. Edamame isn’t something we eat very often, but from time to time it sounds good to me. I feel like most foods are okay in moderation, so, for now, this is part of our ‘occasional’ diet. Just make sure to buy organic edamame…the shelled variety! I made this mistake one time and will never make it again. What a pain… ha!
Edamame & Almond Brown Rice
*I kind of winged my amounts, but these are close approximates.
- 1 cup brown rice
- 8-10 oz frozen organic shelled edamame (broccoli would be tasty, too!)
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- Organic extra virgin olive oil (or regular olive oil), for cooking and drizzling on top
- Salt, to taste
Cook brown rice and set aside. Warm up edamame. In a skillet, heat a little olive oil over medium heat and add almonds. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes. Add edamame to skillet and stir around for another 2 minutes to heat through. Add this mixture into the rice and drizzle a little olive oil on top. Stir and salt to taste. Serve warm and enjoy!
My kids didn’t actually eat this for dinner. I realized too late that we only had one cup of brown rice left and since I knew there wouldn’t be enough to share with them, I selfishly made them peanut butter and jam sandwiches and kept all the rice for myself and my husband. (Though, if I’m being honest…I’m pretty sure my kids thought they were getting the better end of the deal, too!) 😉 I also cut up an apple and ate it with my dinner…brown rice, edamame, almonds, olive oil and apple slices…pretty healthy dinner, I’d say!
Oh…and my husband? He liked it, too! Yay!
Do you like edamame? Or do you avoid soy products all together? I’m a little conflicted because of all the contradicting reports out there! :/ A quick search online will produce just as many ‘harmful’ results as it will ‘beneficial’ ones. If anyone has thoughts on this topic, I’d love to hear them. I’m a little clueless in this category!
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