Here's a recipe that gives you three sources of protein. Protein is necessary to build muscle and keep the body strong. In just a 1/2 cup of edamame, aka soybeans, you get 11 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber. It’s no secret that ground chicken is a good source of protein, especially if you pick chicken breast to lower the “heart attack fat” intake. Peanut butter, which is also high in fiber, also contributes to helping the body regulate blood glucose levels as well as fight bad cholesterol.
• 4 tablespoons sesame oil
• 1 tablespoon ground ginger
• 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
• 2 tablespoons sofrito
• 1 pound ground chicken breast
• ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
• 1 tablespoon tomato paste
• 8 oz bag Chinese noodles
• 3 tablespoons soy sauce
• ½ teaspoon ground cumin
• 2 heaping tablespoons peanut butter
• ½ cup dry roasted chopped edamame
1. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons sesame oil and add ground ginger, sofrito, 1 tablespoon rice vinegar. Sauté for 1 minute.
2. Add ground chicken and cook until no longer pink. Stirring while crumbling.
3. Add ground turmeric and tomato paste. Cook for 2-3 minutes more. Set aside.
4. In a small saucepan, over low heat, mix soy sauce, remaining vinegar, peanut butter and ground cumin until smooth, thinning out with chicken stock or water if too thick.
5. Boil noodles until soft (about 3 minutes) not sticky. Then drain and rinse with cold water.
6. Add noodles and sauce to chicken mixture and toss.
7. Plate and top with chopped edamame.
Elizabeth Carrion, a Dominican, co-founded Mi Cocina, a New Jersey-based catering service that also offers cooking classes, with her sister, Ana Martinez.