Recipes by Anne Bailey; Photographs by Mark Thomas
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.