A few months ago I discovered Edamame pasta at my health food store and though I had heard of it before I was always hesitating about trying it, but this time I decided to give it a try.
I wasn’t quite sure how I would cook it but basically I just threw a bunch of veggies together and let me tell you it was amazing!! The pasta has a slightly different texture than traditional pasta, but in general you can’t really feel a big difference. I loved the earthy flavor and texture, and once it is mixed with the rest of the veggies it is just absolutely fantastic.
As I mentioned, this is not quite a recipe, it was more of an experiment that turned out pretty good, so the recipe is pretty basic but seriously the flavor is perfect.
Protein Rich Edamame Pasta with Mixed Veggies
1 serving (2oz) uncooked, organic edamame pasta (The brand I used is Explore Asian)
1 small zucchini, sliced
1/2 cup canned crushed tomatoes (I used Eden Foods that has nothing added)
1/2 cup broccoli, cooked
1/4-1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 large avocado
1 cup mixed greens or spinach
1 Tbsp Hemp seeds (I love The Good Seed Hemp Co) ♥
Start by boiling the water and cooking the pasta for 8-9 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Bring back to your pot and add tomatoes, broccoli, mushrooms and cook for 4-5 minutes until the vegetables are slightly cooked but still crunchy. You don’t want to overcook them. Season to taste.
Prepare your plate by making a bed of greens and top with pasta/veggies, half avocado, sliced zucchini and sprinkle with hemp seeds.
As you can see, it is a pretty simple meal that will take you less than 30 minutes and the best part is that it contains so many amazing nutrients that make it the perfect option for lunch or dinner. Edamame beans are an excellent source of plant-based protein and complex carbohydrates, and paired with all the amazing micronutrients from the vegetables and healthy fats from the avocado and hemp, this is a most try!