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Edamame is the Japanese word for green soybeans. They're a good source of soy protein, which, studies have shown, may help lower LDL ("bad" cholesterol) levels. Look for them in the freezer section of most grocery and health-food stores, either shelled or in pods. A 16-ounce bag of edamame pods will yield the one cup shelled beans needed for this recipe.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: about 30 minutes
Make it kid-friendly: Cook some of the rice without vegetables, and boil a batch of edamame in their pods. Serve the edamame the way many Japanese restaurants do -- in a bowl, sprinkled with salt. Kids will love to pop open the pods and see the beans nestled inside.
Second-meal secret: You can make an Asian-style stir-fry with the rice pilaf by tossing in a few drops of sesame oil and red pepper flakes. Serve as a side dish with your next meal.
Pair it with: Talus 2001 Pinot Noir, California, $8 This light yet robust red is filled with cherry flavors and adds an acidic zip to the heartiness of the earthy mushrooms and the brown rice.View Citrus Tuna with Brown Rice Pilaf recipe