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. Hi! I just found your blog and I love how funny this post is. I hate a lot of things too, especially football and winter. You’re edamame dip looks great. Can’t wait to read more!

    1. thanks Heather! I don’t normally go on tirades like this but I was a little fired up last night ;)

  2. Haha…I really like your blog, and I also really like football! I’m a huge fan, and there’s actually a lot more to it then just “hitting”, but I can see your frustration! ;) That dip looks great, and I had to laugh out loud because I was at a Christening yesterday too, until I had to go home and scream at the T.V. for the Giants! :)

    1. haha, I know. It was half in jest, half serious ;)
      At least you waited until you got home to scream! :)

  3. Ha ha! You had me laughing through the entire post. I could definitely picture “that guy”. Though I don’t mind a little football now and then, when my husband worked less hours and watched football 4 days out of the week, I did a lot of complaining.

  4. my hubs is a fan”ish” we don’t really watch games, but we have our teams that we love, we have jerseys for parties (and because the captain LOVES them) and yesterday, during the playoff game, we left the sports bar halfway through to go home. We did listen on the radio, though.

    I do LOVE a good themed party, though. LOVE them.

  5. I will concede that bud light is crap (as are most commercial beers), but I love wings. And good beer (huzzah for the micro brew). I used to hate going out with my ex during football season. We would be in a quiet restaurant and he would start cheering. I just made edamame, but not for a dip. I’ll be trying this soon.

  6. your dip looks great but all I’m thinking of is “pre-shelled edamame would have saved her so much time:”! More time to go watch the NFL highlight reels! Kidding :)

    “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.” <– AMEN sista!

    1. haha, for real. That was my thought the entire time I was shelling those things too believe me!

  7. Haha I like watching my team for football, but neither Shane nor I make a huge deal over it.
    This dip sounds amazing, Gina. I think I have some edamame in the freezer too…