#52NewFoods: Edamame

The Petits Chefs worked with edamame last week for their #52NewFoods Challenge. A lot of them had tried the edamame in pods that you get in Japanese restaurants and told me they loved it (though one of them said “it’s because it’s salty” – I like that they are starting to realise what adds taste and flavour to food!) so I was encouraged to make a couple of different edamame recipes. We started out with a hummus made from edamame (using a recipe from my friend Monica Shaw of Smarter, Fitter) instead of the usual chick peas because I always think dips are a great way to introduce kids to different veggies.

We squeezed some lemons…

Kids squeezing lemons for hummus on eatlivetravelwrite.commeasured out some tahini…

Kids making tahini on eatlivetravelwrite.comand blitzed everything in the food processor…

Kids making edamame hummus on eatlivetravelwrite.comMeanwhile, over on Team Pita Chips, the boys worked hard to replicate a favourite store-bought treat:

Kids making pita chips on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids baking pita chips on eatlivetravelwrite.comA group of the oldest boys (11 years old) was in charge of our little toaster oven and did a fabulous (and safe!) job of baking these chips up to crispy perfection…

Pita chips, baked on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids making pita bread chips on eatlivetravelwrite.comThey were perfect to serve with the edamame hummus!

Pita chips and edamame hummus on eatlivetravelwrite.comOur third group of boys worked on making Jennifer Tyler Lee’s Power Lunch Veggie Stir Fry from the 52 New Foods Challenge book. Basically it’s a brown rice stir fry with carrots, edamame and corn – I knew it would be a pretty dish and one with lots of chopping to keep little hands busy!

Kids cutting carrots for stir fry on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids chopping carrots on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Once we’d cut our carrots into tiny pieces, we got to stir frying. To the rice and veggies, we added some soy sauce and sesame seeds…

Kids making 52NewFoods edamame power stir fry on eatlivetravelwrite.com

It made for a pretty plate, for sure!

Edamame power stir fry from #52NewFoods on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd each boy went home with a bit of a random mash up of edamame dishes. But it was pretty!

Edamame hummus, power stir fry and pita chips on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe boys did well last week – they worked clean and were organised – it’s not always easy to manage multiple groups doing multiple tasks (even with another adult – this time we had the fabulous Ms Toguri helping out) so the boys have to practice listening perhaps even more so than in a regular classroom. I’m so pleased with the discussions we’re having about food this term though – the 52 New Foods Challenge cookbook is a great jumping off point for conversation around food.

Get the recipe for Power Lunch Veggie Stir Fry in The 52 New Foods Challenge cookbook.

Get the recipe for Edamame hummus over on Smarter Fitter.

Want to see 52 New Foods in action? Check out the 52 New Foods Junior Chef Classes at your local Williams Sonoma (call your local store for details!)


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Disclosure: I received a copy of the 52 New Foods Challenge cookbook for the purposes of taking part in the #52NewFoods Challenge through Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Ambassador Community. I was asked to create one original recipe for the challenge. I did not receive any further compensation for writing this post nor any other promotion of the book I might be involved with.


6 thoughts on “#52NewFoods: Edamame”

  1. I’m relieved that the kids liked the edamame hummus! Man I made the most abysmal edamame “salad” bowl thing yesterday. It actually depressed me for the rest of the day (heaven forbid I have a meal that isn’t a religious experience). I needed your cooking lessons! That power veggie stir fry would have improved things immeasurably.


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