Truth be told, I have ignored Fashion Week for the past 25 years of my life in New York City.

Okay, fine, the ones where I was still in diapers really shouldn’t count unless you consider graduating to the next level of Huggies to be trendsetting.

But still.


I wouldn’t even necessarily say that I willfully avoided it.  It was more of a “blissful ignorance” kinda deal.

Until this year.

Maybe it was the fact that one of the desk workers at my gym raved to me for twenty minutes about how his friend got a whole bag full of Gucci underwear at Fashion’s Night Out.  Or maybe it was the unfortunate reality that my Crocs are on the verge of giving me tendinitis in my foot, thus leading me to conclude that if supposedly ergonomic and totally comfortable shoes are going to give you foot pain then why not go for the Jimmy Choos?  They’re prettier anyway.

Who knows.  Whatever it was, I was inspired.


So I made you bean pancakes.  Because if we’re being honest with ourselves, though we love them with the same nostalgic fervor that we love the karma bracelets and accordion headbands that were all the rage back in 8th grade…

…bean burgers are so last season.  And bean pancakes?  Well, anyone who’s anyone will be munching on them in the months to come.  Stuffed with edamame and topped with roasted sweet potatoes and green beans that have been tossed with a soy sauce-based dressing, they’re healthy enough that even the runway models who eat a bowl of ice for dinner may deem them worthy of indulging in.  Well, maybe not.

But we’ll have the last laugh when these babies are being mass produced by The Gap next season.  They’ll see.

These edamame cakes were chosen by Kathleen + Tom as this week’s Food Matters Project recipe.  For the original recipe, check out their site and for more interpretations of it, check out the Food Matters Project site!

ALSO.  Do you guys remember when I reviewed Lauren of Keep It Sweet’s new online bakery and waxed poetic about how she was my hero for quitting her day job to do something she really loved?  Well, she is a contestant in Martha Stewart’s American Made Contest which is a celebration of those who have followed their passions to start their own businesses, with the grand prize being $10,000!!!  I adore Lauren and she is one of my best friends in real life, and I know how hard she has worked to make her business successful.  If you wouldn’t mind going over to vote for her, she and I would really appreciate it! It’s super simple and only takes one click of a button.  You can vote daily!


Edamame Cakes with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans
Serves 4, adapted from The Food Matters Cookbook


  • 2 large sweet potatoes, chopped into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 cups frozen edamame
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions
  • salt and black pepper


  1. Heat the oven to 400.  Place the sweet potatoes and the green beans on a baking tray fitted with parchment paper.  Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.
  2. Combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, half the sesame oil, sugar garlic, and ginger in a small bowl.
  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil.  Add the edamame to the boiling water and cook until tender, 5 to 10 minutes.  Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  4. Transfer the beans to a food processor and pulse a couple of times to break them down, then add the remaining 1 tbsp sesame oil, egg and scallions.  Process until combined but not finely pureed.  If the mixture is too stiff, stir in a little of hte reserved cooking liquid.  Sprinkle with salt and black pepper to taste.  Stir until combined.
  5. Put a large skillet or griddle over medium heat.  Add a thin film of oil. Working in batches, spoon on the batter in 1/4 cup drops.  Cook until the top sets and the bottom is browned, about 4 minutes.  Turn and cook the other side for a couple minutes more.
  6. Toss the roasted sweet potatoes and green beans with the soy sauce mixture.  Top edamame cakes with the sweet potatoes and green beans.  Serve.


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63 Responses to Edamame Cakes with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans {food matters project}

  1. Simply Life says:

    haha I think it’s great that you went! I have no sense of fashion – maybe I could learn something there!

  2. 1) I adore you
    2) Edamame pancakes? love!

  3. These edamame cakes would definitely win a food fashion contest! Will def vote for Lauren, btw!!

  4. This is such a fabulous idea! I am totally digging these edamame cakes too – yum! I haven’t paid any attention to fashion week, but I’m Canadian and apparently we only wear denim. I guess I have an excuse 😛

  5. Beth says:

    These look amazing, and anything with sweet potatoes makes my heart sing. I’ll be sure to vote for Lauren: I remember that her baked goods looked amazing!

  6. Is it too early for one of those cakes? I agree that bean cakes are SO last year… but edamame? Definitely not. I want these in my belly.

    P.S. I just went to the FNO event in Boston. Such a weird environment, but at least I got a free martini and some cake pops. 😉

  7. I was struggling to imagine what to pair with these to make them into a full meal. Sweet potatoes and green beans work great with a soy sauce glaze, though, so that sounds like a perfect idea. Good thing I have leftovers to try it!

  8. Corina says:

    I still haven’t tried edamame beans at home but I love the sound of recipes using them so I really should try to get some soon.

  9. Danielle says:

    I love this idea – my kids eat edamame all the time I think they would eat this.

  10. Angry Asian says:

    your pictures are gorgeous. and you’re so right about bean pancakes being so in season!

  11. OohLookBel says:

    I’ve bookmarked this recipe because it’s so much more imaginative than eating plain edamame like I always do. PS: Stick with the Crocs, the Choos are wretchedly torturous.

  12. I hear Gucci himself used to love bean cakes and if anyone brought a bean burger into his house, he stole their shoes and kicked them out. I’ll meet you at his grandkids house for dinner if you bring these edamame cakes.

  13. Pam says:

    Bean pancakes. I am soooo jumping on the new trend. I am sure I will be way ahead of the crowd here in Soddy Daisy, TN.

  14. daphne says:

    you do live in an exciting city! What a lovely pancake!

  15. Saguna says:

    Edamame pancakes sound amazing with the sweet potatoes- oh yeah, TOTALLY fall and winter on trend 🙂 …like the veggie equivalent of a sweater, if that’s even possible.

    Yeah, I do remember Lauren’s cool-looking treats- just went to vote, I hope she wins!

  16. Joanne, you are too funny! Loved your post and the photos are beautiful. And I just went ahead and voted for Lauren 🙂

  17. Christina says:

    You know, I’ve never had edamame. I don’t even know what it tastes like.

    I suggest Blahniks. I don’t have a pair of them (someday), but they look beautiful.

  18. Edamame cakes! Yum! Have you tried the edamame hummus from Trader Joe’s?? I’m a little obsessed with it…
    PS – I am wearing Jimmy Choos today and I swear they are not painful! 😉

  19. Shannon says:

    i haven’t had edamame or sweet potatoes for too long… that needs to change 🙂

  20. Karl says:

    I am busy cooking Sweet Potatoes for Dinner. Do you roast them or fry?

  21. Lora says:

    I’m so coming over for dinner.

  22. Mary says:

    These look delicious, Joanne. I do hope you find some comfortable shoes 🙂 Tell Lauren I’m on my way with vote in hand. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  23. Eliana says:

    I have never had a bean cake before. This one looks like one I could totally get behind.

  24. Candice says:

    I’m here to tell you that you should always choose the Choos!

  25. These look spectacular, Joanne! I have fresh green beans from my garden and some sweet potatoes from the market! Sounds like I know what is for dinner now.

  26. Amy says:

    Oh gawd, I probably commit a fashion faux pas every single day…I would be a complete fish out of water attending that show. But as far as I’m concerned, edamame cakes (?!!) never go out of style.

  27. Jenna says:

    I’m going to be cooking for the next few weeks for a vegetarian friend, so I KNOW I’ll be drawing all kinds of goodies from your blog!

  28. oh man… i skipped out on this week’s FMP because i didn’t have any edamame… now i’m regretting it!

  29. Love your edameme cakes…simply adore its beautiful green.

  30. Eileen says:

    Hey now–burgers are eternal! 🙂 I’ve never used edamame as the main body of a bean cake–sounds great! PLus I’m so glad it’s finally time for roasting veg again. Hooray for fall food!

  31. Julia Menn says:

    Hi Joanne – I’m Jenna’s cousin and came across your blog because of her. I live in NYC, as well. Just wanted to pop on over, say Hi, and I voted for your baker friend – I hope she wins. I love cooking and baking, and it’s fantastic she’s going after what she wants. I’ll definitely be stopping back here – you have some delicious looking recipes!

  32. Camila Faria says:

    YUM! I love the idea of bean pancakes! Fa-bu-lous!

  33. Alisa says:

    Oh you are SO trend-forward with edamame cakes – I haven’t seen them anywhere!

  34. Trendy Edamame Cakes. Maybe but even if they don’t make the runway next year I’m sure they are delicious.

  35. Joanne I love the idea of pairing these cakes with potaotes! I wish I would have done that. Next time for sure 🙂

  36. I’ve just recently found out how much I love Edamame so this is perfect timing! Everything looks beautiful on the plate, and sweet potatoes and green beans would be lovely with these Edamame cakes.

  37. Dining Alone says:

    I am always looking for new things to do with edamame, this looks awesome and filled with good for you fiber!

  38. this is perfect (btw…I don’t know if I’d be able to not ignore fashion week) I have a bag of frozen edamame that I’ve never really known what to do with.

  39. Edamame cakes sounds so interesting! And a very good way to use something that often just sits in my freezer 🙂

  40. Reeni Pisano says:

    Love the idea of an edamame pancake! They make a good match with sweet potatoes! This is not only trendy but very fall-ish with those flavors and colors.

  41. Hotly Spiced says:

    I can also say I have never attended Fashion Week in NYC. The pancakes look gorgeous. What a fun colour. And congrats to your friend on her success xx

  42. Juliana says:

    Joanne, you always come up with interesting recipes…I love your edamame cakes…really a nice meal.
    Have a wonderful week 🙂

  43. edamame? really? How cool is this. My favorite snack rolled up into a crunchy yummy cake that I can eat as a meal in itself? I am loving it

  44. Pam says:

    I’ve never cared about Fashion Week but I think it’s because I live across the country.

    I love potatoes in any way and form… this dish looks flavorful and tasty.

  45. That Girl says:

    If it wasn’t for the squash all the green in this would make a perfect springtime meal.

  46. I’m not much of a fashionable person – I think I commit fashion suicide like 3 times a week!

    As for these edamame cakes – YUM! I never get to cook with edamame and this is the perfect opportunity to use them! 🙂

  47. Guru Uru says:

    Mmmm I think I am in love with this meal – sweet potatoes and beans and edmame? WoW!


  48. Lynn says:

    Love that green tinge on the cakes!

  49. Katerina says:

    Beautiful dish Joanne as for the Jimmy Choos go for it girl!

  50. Tandy says:

    I’m the least fashion conscious person I know, with my choice of shoes being reebok! Off to vote 🙂

  51. Laura says:

    This cracked me up! And gorgeous pics!

  52. I love the colors in this, perfect for fall! What a delicious sounding healthy dish!

  53. Apparently I’m not very in-the-know because I had no idea it’s fashion week and I still plan on eating bean burgers all the time 🙂 But, I do love the idea of switching them up with pancakes once in a while – they’re even easier!

  54. Carolyn Jung says:

    The green really stands out on a plate. Forget green eggs and ham. I want green pancakes instead. 😉

  55. What olds becomes new again. Isn’t that how it goes? Same with fashion! The skinny models will be upset that they chose ice over this.

  56. Johanna GGG says:

    Well there may be a connection between my lack of interest in fashion week and my love of bean burgers! I am fascinated by your pancakes though – sound lovely and look delicious

  57. Great update on the bean burger! I love the color, too! So trendy right now…

  58. Erndog says:

    I made the pancakes last night as part of a fridge cleaner meal. So lovely! I look forward to trying the recipe out as written next time. Thanks for another winner!

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  60. Erndog says:

    I’ve since made this as written (but for reducing the soy sauce a bit and adding Siracha), having only made the edamame cakes before. Stellar yumminess! Man, those cakes are totally addictive.

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  62. tray bakes says:

    I see myself pondering whether or not I should have sweet potatoes for lunch again.


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