by Cheryl Tallman
Edamame is fun to say (pronounced ed-a-ma-may)and fun to eat! It's delicious and nutritious. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Asian food, you may be wondering what is edamame? Not to worry; it is not raw fish -- it is a soybean (a special type). In Japanese edamame means "Beans on Branches" and is an exotic name for this sweet, nutty-flavored food. Here is a great family recipe with a puree recipe for babies in stages 2* and 3**.
- 3 ears fresh sweet corn or 1-1/2 cups of frozen corn
- 1½ cups shelled edamame
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp water
- 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 Tbsp butter
- Salt and pepper, to taste
For fresh corn, remove husks from corn and cut kernels off the cobs. In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add corn kernels to the pan. Sauté until the kernels begin to get a brown crust, about 3-4 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium, add shelled edamame and water, saute for 3 minutes until the water is absorbed.
2. Set Aside Part for Baby:
Remove from heat, set aside a portion to puree for your baby (preparation instructions below).
3. Family Portion:
To the remaining mixture in the pan (for the rest of the family), stir in cilantro, lime juice, and butter. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately and can be frozen into small portions for future meals.
4. Baby's Portion:
Puree mixture in a blender. Add water to develop a smooth texture.
Note: The puree mixture does not include cilantro, lime juice, butter, salt or pepper.
*Stage 2: mixed food purees (2 or 3 food purees mixed together)
**Stage 3: A combo of pureed foods and textured foods such a mashed rice, pastina, meats (ground or shredded, etc.).
Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week and So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years. Visit Cheryl online at her website for more delicious tips.
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