Spicy & Salty Edamame Beans

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Asian inspired food is amazing if you’re on a health kick or getting bored with the same old snacks. Edamame (or soy) beans are like the crack of the vegetable world, but also insanely nutritious with a decent protein content (17g protein per 125g serving)

The ginger, soy and vinegar in this recipe gives the edamame a salty, sour depth to the initial chilli hit and the combination of flavours makes them ultra satisfying.

Great for vegetarians or for a post workout snack, the high protein, high fibre and low fat content makes them ideal for gym rats & clean eaters. I like these on leg day with a salmon fillet to help build muscle!! They take about 5 mins to prepare and are crazy delicious. After you’ve made them once you can alter the ingredient quantities to suit your taste.

Ingredients:

+150g edamame beans (Wholefoods or Waitrose snack aisle if you’re not near an Asian supermarket)

+1 red chilli, finely chopped

+1 1.5cm piece fresh ginger, finely chopped

+1 clove garlic, finely chopped

+1tbsp balsamic vinegar

+ few good glugs of soy sauce

+1tsp Sweet Freedom syrup, or honey

+ sea salt flakes to serve

Method:

Heat a small frying pan on a medium heat and add a tsp oil (ideally coconut but any works).

Add the ginger, chilli and garlic and keep moving in the pan. After 2 mins, add the beans and stir well. Add the soy and balsamic and syrup and increase heat to high.

After 3 mins or so, when marinade has reduced slightly, put the beans in a serving bowl using tongs. Pour over remaining marinade and add a tbsp of sea salt flakes.

Serve with kitchen roll!!!

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