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. made your edamame dip this past week–served it the first night with soy tamari crackers and the next night, i served it as a filling for a nori roll!…just nori wrapper, brown rice, and your edamame dip–delicious!
    your recipe goes into my keep binder!

  2. Wow, and I thought I was queen of the Angry Tirade. I had a guy not communicate with me at all during games, cause he said he ignores all “outside distractions.” Um, can you say “buh-bye, freak-o.” Guess what, if your team loses, oh my gosh, look at that, the sun still rose the next day!

    I love wings, and a good micro-brew (haven’t had a Bud Light–or toilet water, whatever you wanna call it–since college). I don’t see anything wrong with game day food, as long as it’s once in awhile. I enjoy it, and am a perfectly, healthy-weighted (?) 28-year-old. However, this edamame dip (or “edamommy” as I call it), is an awesome healthy dip, and I will most definitely be making it. And really, if Bud Light is your preferred beverage, well, drink on. Who am I to judge?

  3. I’m with you on loathing football. I’m fine with—and I even like—hockey and baseball, but I just don’t “get” football. I hate it because football games always ruin my birthday parties (around American thanksgiving) which turn into “let’s watch the game” parties, and so I almost never host them. Maybe I should have been born in July.

    This recipe looks awesome!

  4. Hahaha this post made me chuckle, I completely agree with you I cannot stand some mens utter devotion to ‘their’ teams, you would think they were the ones out there on the damn pitch. Every now and then I could see why it might be fun to watch a game but not religiously! But rant aside, your dip looks delish!! :)

  5. I hate football too. However, I find game time to be PERFECT for food shopping …no ones in the stores and you can get ‘er done. Especially in the market basket by me which is total mayhem 99% of the time.

  6. I just love your blog! I am not crazy about the men that drop everything for a football game! So annoying and weird! My Husband isn’t like that, except sometimes he’s get like that over NASCAR, which is even worse. It’s just a bunch of cars going in circles.

    The dip looks wonderful. I’m going to make this for sure!!!

    1. Oh Nascar….haha. At least there doesn’t seem to be as many of those races as there are football games!

      1. Stupid Nasacr runs from February to October! It’s forever long! Every Sunday or Saturday night my Husband spends the whole day watching them. The race can be 3 to 4 hours long, pleas post and preshows. What a waste of a day! To boot, Sunday is the only day we have together and he’s watching that! Matter in fact February is getting close. One year they had the first race on Valentine’s Day! That was a fun day! I know more about Nascar then I care to! lol

  7. I feel like it has to be fake and put on when someone appears to be that much of a fan. Enjoying it is one thing but obsessed with people you don’t even know is kind of pathetic! I just finishes up my edammame last night but now I have a reason to buy more!

  8. This looks fantastic! The color seriously rocks and it’s something I’d like to eat on the back patio with a glass of wine. Doesn’t feel like being wasted on football food at all :) (Unless it’s a Super Bowl party because I really like an excuse to eat, be with friends and watch commercials!)

  9. there is enough in life to stress about, let alone a sports team losing a game. PS, that shot of open edamame shells looks like what I leave behind at a sushi restaurant