10/29/2013 02:33 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Superfood Edamame Is Super Versatile: Try One of These 3 Cool Ways to Eat It

By Sarah-Jane Bedwell, SELF

photo by Romulo A Yanes

Edamame, you guys. Why is it just, like, the perfect snack? Not only are the bite-size, bright green beans a chewy, crunchy texture, they're also a filling, low-cal source of fiber and protein. Eat 'em steamed plain or with some salt if you want to be boring. But if you wanna spice things up, try one of these unique recipes to enjoy their benefits in all kinds of dishes.

* Edamame Pate Sandwiches: This is not the kind of pate served at those stiff, fancy-schmancy parties, but it is delicious. Simply edamame pureed with walnuts, mint and onion, the resulting paste is a thick protein-packed spread for this meatless sammie. Add to that the peppery arugula, slightly sweet roasted peppers and crispy cucumber slices, this one is a win.

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* Spaghetti Squash with Edamame-Cilantro Pesto: Using edamame to make pesto creates a creamy, flavorful sauce that has less fat and more protein than traditional pestos do. Try it on spaghetti squash for a colorful meal that packs a major nutritional punch.

* Edamame-Avocado Dip: Edamame and avocados go amazingly together -- unsuprisingly like peas in a pod. The creaminess of the avocado blends nicely with the starchiness of the edamame, and makes a fantastic dip or spread. Try it with pita chips or raw veggies. (Or your fingers. #NoJudgment)

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