February 20th, 2009

Picky Eater Life Saver: Simplest Edamame Hummus

Photo: The Delicious Life

I’m going to give you a reason to laugh at me. (It’s okay. I deserve it. And laughing is good for you.) Ready? I didn’t think Isaac would go through a picky phase. Ever.

Done chuckling. Me, too. Because my famously intrepid eater is going through one now and it’s a serious bummer. The kid only only wants meat, toast, and cheese. Fruit works most days. But veggies, especially the green variety, are met with a resolute, “No like. Want something else!”

I won’t resort to hiding vegetables. (Isaac gets his stubbornness from me, plus I can carry on about why that’ll end in disaster… for another day.) Instead, I’m changing things up as best I can. So far, veggies in scrambled eggs or covered with crumbled and slightly melty feta cheese work well. But, the real life saver is edamame hummus.


This garlicky, lemony puree works as everything from a side to chicken or lamb, a snack with pita or pretzels, or an alternative to ketchup on turkey burgers. Isaac loves the flavor and the act of dipping is fun, too. It also makes it easier to serve veggies at lunch and snack time, which alleviates the “it’s dinner and he hasn’t eaten a green veggie all day” panic.

You don’t have to be feeding a picky eater to appreciate this dip. It’s delicious, nutritious, and easy to make in a flash. I don’t love tahini or have it around the house, but you can add a 1/4 cup to this recipe, or substitute sesame oil for olive oil to get a nutty flavor element. Cumin is also a nice addition.

Simplest Edamame Hummus
(can be served to children 12+ mos)*

1 10 oz bag frozen, shelled, organic edamame, cooked as directed on package
juice of 1 organic lemon
1 – 1 1/2 cloves organic garlic, roughly chopped
1/4 cup water
4 tbs organic olive (or sesame) oil

1. Add everything except the oil to a food processor and pulse until well chopped.

2. Continue pureeing while drizzling oil in a steady stream. You’re done when you’ve got a nice, creamy texture. It may take a couple of minutes depending on how powerful your food processor is. And you may need to add a smidge more water–every batch is a little different!

*many experts recommend waiting until your child is 12-mos-old to introduce citrus

10 Responses

  1. chowmama says:

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  2. Jolene says:

    I can’t wait to make this. Edamame is our saving grace as well, we steam it and let him suck the beans out of the shells which he loves to do and takes care of our green veggie for the day! Thanks for sharing this recipe, might make it for lunch today…

  3. stacie says:

    you’re welcome! hope your little one enjoys the hummus as much as he does sucking the beans out of the pods. dipping is a fun meal time activity, too!

  4. chowmama says:

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