I’ve been sharing all sorts of delicious recipes with you lately, but if there is one thing they all have in common, it’s this: these recipes are not exactly… calorie conscious.
And I don’t know about you, but with the warm weather looming on the horizon I’m starting to think more about what kind of healthy snacks I can have around the house so that I’ll still be able to
fit into enjoy wearing fun tank tops and shorts this summer.
SO I’m really, honest-to-goodness trying to eat a little better this week. I’m upping my water intake and trying to take the dogs on (more) regular walks, which is no easy task, seeing as we have four furry little mongrels we share our home with and I can only walk two of them at a time. A nice mile long walk for them ends up being two miles for me, but you know what?
That’s okay. That just means I can have a little extra whipped topping on my diet-cheat parfait.
Nothing wrong with having a goal.
To help get me through this, I’m digging deep in my stash of recipes from my more successful diets, and this edamame recipe is a personal favorite.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I don’t necessarily need a recipe to enjoy edamame. It’s perfectly delicious on its own with a dash of sea salt. But there’s no harm in spicing things up a bit with a little flavor, amirite?
And as I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of any low-calorie recipe that is able to bring flavor without resorting to the harsher flavors of pepper, cayenne, or jalapeno. I want to taste the flavor, not feel it.
The suggested serving size on this recipe is listed as 1/2 cup, but that’s usually not enough for me. I typically eat about half (so round 1 full cup) and save the rest for later. But even when you double the suggested serving size, the calories are more than reasonable.
123 or 246? I’ll take either and not feel the least bit bad about it.
One final perk about this recipe: the parmesan cheese links the edamame into little bite-sized clusters, making it feel like a typical mainstream snack food. Sometimes eating is as much about perception as it is about taste; if it doesn’t feel like you’re limiting yourself with a diet food, you just might enjoy the taste little bit more.
It sounds crazy, but I’ve had this trick work on me countless times before (and this is even with me knowing it’s a trick). It’s probably why I like this recipe so much, even when I’m not dieting.
This recipe was originally published on November 6th, 2014. It received a TLC update with new photos on April 20, 2016.
Crispy Parmesan Garlic Edamame
Baked in the oven, this edamame recipe is a tasty snack with only 123 calories! A filling food that will help you reach your weight goals.
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- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then set aside.
- In a medium bowl, add parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, then mix together. Set bowl nearby.
- In another medium bowl, add fresh (or thawed) edamame. (Hint: if thawing edamame, place in a pot of cool water for 5-10 minutes, then drain and pat edamame dry). Add olive oil to bowl and toss with edamame to coat.
- Pour parmesan cheese mixture on top of edamame, then stir until edamame is evenly coated.
- Spread edamame on prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned to your liking.
- Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Please note that I am not a certified nutritionist; I am merely a quirky girl who loves food. Any nutritional information that is discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates. If nutrition is important to you, I highly encourage you to verify any data you see here with your favorite nutrition calculator.