From Sea to Plate
Normally my non-sweet meals consist of salads and soups, but I do enjoy more complex savoury meals occasionally. Some are quick and easy to assemble while others require more preparation time, the use of more equipment, and/or dehydration.
Here are a few of what I call "extemely simple" savoury recipes I've enjoyed in the past while. Perfect for a busy person, these meals can be thrown together at the last minute, and can easily be doubled to serve a few people, or multiplied for guests.
These recipes feature a wonderful sea vegetable! Introducing...Kelp Noodles! I'm sure most of you have heard of them before, as they're becoming increasingly popular in the raw community, but if not, I'll give a quick run down. Kelp noodles are simply raw kelp and water, in the form of a soft noodle. An ideal alternative to pasta, these noodles are low in carbs and calories, and contain NO fat or gluten! In addition, a neutral flavour makes the kelp noodles really versatile - they work well in soup, salad, un-stir fry, and as pasta with any sauce or topping.
(A close up of the marinated noodles from the stir live)
Don't they sound good? As I write this, I'm thinking about having them for dinner, and how I'll prepare them...Hmmm....but back to the post...
So when you remove the noodles from the bag, you'll notice a funny smell - no worries, just rinse them really well under water. Actually, I add a little lemon juice to the water and let em sit a few minutes. Now, voila! Smell is gone!
Simple Stir Live
A mixture of veggies and noodles in a yummy Asian marinade.
While your kelp noodles are soaking few a few minutes in water, chop veggies of your choice and mix together in a bowl. I used: bok choy, red bell peppers, carrots, cucumber, and avocado. Mushrooms would be nice in this dish too!
For the sauce, I used a mixture of tamari, extra virgin sesame oil, lemon juice, minced ginger and garlic. Mix the veggies, sauce and noodles - done! The longer the dish sits, the flavours mingle for an even better taste.
Italian Sea Pasta
The sea meets Italy in this dish which combines pesto with veggies and kelp noodles.
I always keep a batch of basil walnut pesto on hand for "quickies" - usually for stuffed mushrooms, pizza, or lasagna...but this time I decided to try it with the kelp. I mixed the noodles with the pesto, diced tomatoes, chopped spinach, and red bell pepper, then sprinkled it all with hemp seeds.
Cheesey Nacho Noodles
Everything that nachos have to offer in the form of a pasta dish!
The other day I decided to add some salsa (tomato, red/green pepper, cilantro, lemon juice, Himalayan salt) to leftover spicy nacho dip (you might remember the recipe from a few posts ago), and mix the sauce with kelp noodles. I topped it all with more salsa, chopped avocado, and fresh cilantro. Wow, was it ever good!
I usually add nori to my veggie soups but sometimes I like to throw a handful of kelp noodles... and although I haven't done it yet, I'm sure you could make a fabulous unchiken noodle soup!
How do YOU enjoy kelp noodles? I'd love some new ideas!