This edamame bean dip is a great alternative to hummus.

I use the word hate a lot. Probably too much. People are always saying “Gina, hate’s a strong word” to which I want to say “no shit, that’s why I’m using it” half the time. So I feel a little like the boy who cried wolf using it here but there’s really nothing more true than this statement.

Edamame Dip

Edamame Dip

I hate the sport itself starting first and foremost with it’s misleading name. Unless it’s a punt or a field goal attempt, there are no feet involved. The Europeans are laughing at us dumb American’s for taking the name “football” and applying it to something that really should be called “handball” as far as I’m concerned. Then there’s the fact that it stops pretty much every 5 seconds. Nothing annoying at all about a quarter that’s supposed to be 15 minutes taking a full hour to watch on tv. And lastly, the fact that the whole premise of the game is based upon 300lb+ fat men barbarically tackling each other. Wow, that’s talent.

Creamy Edamame Dip

I know most women are going to disagree with me on this one, but I hate men who watch football. I know, bold statement. I’m not talking about catching a game quietly every now and then, I’m talking about men who “gotta get home for the game,” put on their jerseys to watch the game, don’t allow women in the room, scream at the tv, chant “defense” and refer to the team as “my team.” Get a life. Seriously. There’s nothing more pathetic to me than a man who has to be glued to the tv set every Sunday or the world might end.

Edamame Dip

I hate that anywhere I go this time of year I hear the dreaded  “duh, duh, duh, duhhhh….” music and mentions of Tim Tebow take up 75% of my twitter feed.

I hate that I have a job that’s in a field about 95% dominated by men and any and all conversations start around whatever football team played that week. No, I don’t care and no, it’s not because I’m a girl (I’ll gladly watch a real sport like soccer or hockey) and don’t understand it. I can talk about football all day long (thanks to a football obsessed father), I just think it’s stupid and a waste of my brain cells.

Edamame Dip

And also, I hate that football is associated with the crappiest of all foods, soda and beer. Nothing screams appetizing like some wings and Bud Light.

If you’re gonna watch the dreaded sport, at least eat something delicious (and somewhat good for you).

Like edamame dip.

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Edamame Dip

Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This edamame bean dip is a great alternative to hummus.


  • 1 1/4 cup shelled, cooked edamame
  • 3/4 cup cannellini beans
  • 1 clove garlic
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh parsley
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor.
  • Process until combined, scraping down the sides once.
  • With the processor running, drizzle in olive oil slowly.
  • Process until smooth.
  • Season with salt & pepper.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 5gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gSodium: 50mgPotassium: 124mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 233IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American


*While all these statements do accurately represent my feelings on the sport, yes, there’s a bit of sarcasm in here and this tirade was prompted by chanting men in Giants jerseys watching the game at A CHRISTENING dinner last night.

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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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  1. I love this website and usually find it to cook recipes and whatnot, but this part of the sentence, “upon 300lb+ fat men barbarically tackling each other” I find really offensive. My brother used to play football, I’m not a huge fan myself, but he was 280 and in no way was he fat. He worked out all the time and ran. That’s a rude stereotype. I understand it’s your blog and you can say what you wish but I just found that to be a rude thing to day, especially coming from somebody who grew up with a father so interested in the sport. I also don’t understand how it isn’t a real sport. There’s running, you’re catching, you’re having to stay on your feet, and think ahead of another team, it’s no different than any other sport.

    Lighter note, I do love this recipe.

    1. Sorry it offends you. The post is obviously written in jest (and even noted so on the bottom). Sounds like you read somewhat often from your comment so I’m surprised you wouldn’t have realized a lot my writing has a bit of a sarcastic undertone. Not sure what to tell you besides you don’t have to read if you can’t see past that in this post. I’m also a firm believer in stereotypes existing for a reason. While your brother may not be “a 300lb+ fat man”, many of the football players (especially the defense) are. I personally think it’s a little ridiculous to take an obviously exaggerated stereotype and say you find it rude, but to each their own.

  2. This looks great, definitely worthy of being in your first year’s top 25. I love how you have the parsley in there making the edamame a little greener (and adding flavor, of course). I’m with you on not being into the excessive football talk. So is my husband. Not all men are into big commercial sports, especially ones where guys go around giving each other concussions and long-term brain damage. My husband reads the sports pages at crucial times to avoid looking like a know-nothing at work.

    1. So nice to hear there are other anti-football people out there ;) So true about the concussions and brain injury part. Seriously, what kind of “sport” is this?!