Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Kelp Noodle Heaven!

Holy Cow, this was good!
With thanks to Linda Wooliever, this dish is called 
Kelp Noodle Heaven
For the noodle heaven:
1 package sea tangle kelp noodles (see photo, below)
purple cabbage (optional)

Really rinse the kelp noodles and drain in a mesh colander. Transfer to a bowl. Thinly chop about 3/4 cup worth of purple cabbage and put in the bowl with the noodles. Mix and set aside.

For the sauce:
  • 4-5 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, deseeded* (depending on how much spice you like - start with one and add another if you want to make it SPICY)
  • 1 Tbsp agave
  • 1 Tbsp nama shoyu**
  • 1/2 - 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp hot pepper sesame oil (or regular sesame oil)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Put all sauce ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Pour over the noodle and cabbage mixture and let sit for about 5-10 minutes so that the noodles get softer.

SERVING SUGGESTION. Serve on a bed of spinach and grated carrots


We enjoyed this meal like crazy!!  Steve made THE FACE.  You know, the one that says "we're having THIS again, Mama!"  He LOVED it.  So did I.  It was so delicious.  I'm so glad we've found another way to not only ingest, but enjoy, sea vegetables.  We enjoy Savory Nori Snacks, and now, this!  Yay! (Never thought I'd see the day!!)


All About Kelp:

(Written by Matt Monarch for NaturalNews) Kelp is a large type of seaweed, and in fact, there are approximately thirty different types of kelp. Kelp has many uses and one of them is as a diet supplement. It is classified as algae and is very rich in nutrients. The health benefits of including kelp as a dietary supplement are well documented. These include the strengthening of the circulatory system, provision of strong bones and teeth, cancer fighting benefits and reducing the risk of strokes and heart disease. The large concentration of iodine found in Kelp helps to stimulate the thyroid gland and control metabolism.

Kelp grows in oceans and so is rich in all the nutrients which the ocean contains, most of which are needed also by the human body in various amounts. These include over 70 minerals, trace elements, enzymes, iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and 21 amino acids. The complex range of nutrients makes it an essential promoter of glandular health. Kelp is also a natural antibiotic because of its iodine content, which helps the body fight bad bacteria and infections.

One of the main benefits of kelp is its high content of iodine which is a mineral that is essential for the correct functioning of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland regulates metabolism. If there is not enough iodine in the diet, the thyroid is forced to work harder than it should have to, eventually becoming enlarged. This syndrome is called goiter. Kelp is a natural and healthy alternative to salt, as it has a salty taste. It is especially important in terms of women's health as it is rich in iron, potassium and calcium - all useful for women of all ages, during menstruation, pregnancy and for nursing mothers.

Fortunately, kelp is available in many different forms (http://www.therawfoodworld.com/adva...), so you can consume it in any way you prefer. Kelp noodles can be a raw foodist's godsend, as they can be used in the same way you would use spaghetti, but it is totally raw, natural and unprocessed. Kelp flakes are great for adding texture, taste and extra nutrients to any meal. If you don't like the taste of kelp but want its health benefits, you can take it in capsule form. If you do enjoy the taste of kelp, then you can purchase kelp granules, also available mixed with cayenne pepper, to use sprinkled over your food in place of salt. In this way, you get extra taste, while feeding your body with even more nutrients.



Zucchini Breath said...

mmm. I'm having seaweed for lunch. :)

Rawkin' said...

Hi Zucchini,

Sounds funny when you put it like that :D
SO Yummy! Steve keeps coming up with other ways we could eat that sauce and use those noodles. Wraps, zugetti combos, the noodles with the Indian Korma...the man is inspired!

Enjoy your lunch!


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