The healthiest noodles around and recipes for you - so versatile, so easy, so delicious!
Posted Oct 09 2009 10:55am
I hope you've had a fantastic weekend. I had a brilliant one with a combination of work and LOTS of social engagements with my closest group of friends...dinner out, a gig, a long walk along the beach in the sunshine, a bit of gift shopping, time with my gorgeous man, juice at beachfront cafes and some time to myself tonight to drink yummy herbal tea, chill out, catch up on emails, read and of course, write this blog post for you guys :). Wonderful!!
For the last few weeks I have been loving kelp noodles. Heard about them, tried them or loved them yourself yet? If not, I really recommend you try them! They are so wonderful to include in a cleansing diet including plenty of raw foods. For one, they are made with the seaweed kelp. Now I really enjoy seaweed in some forms (give me dulse, nori, kombu and arame any day) but I can assure you it wasn't always that way. Even now, I still have moments where I eat seaweed that hasn't been prepared in a way that appeals to me and I find myself wrinkling up my face at my tastebuds reaction. So I admit that when I heard about kelp noodles, I was very curious but somewhat skeptical. How happy I am that I tried them anyway - they are awesome!! Almost flavourless, kelp noodles are slightly crunchy, clear noodles. You would never know they are made of seaweed. When left to marinate in a raw or cooked sauce of your choice, or even just lemon juice, tamari and olive oil with some chopped fresh herbs and veggies, for even just ten minutes, they soften up and become delectable long thin noodles that take on the flavour of whatever you have mixed them with. There is absolutely no seaweed flavour, face wrinkling, grimacing, nose holding, or anything of the sort! Yet you are still getting the incredible nutrition of kelp (get into these babies if you have thyroid problems), but you are also getting an extremely tasty, versatile and cleansing replacement to the processed, refined wheat noodles of your past. Plus, as I am sure you are well aware from reading my blog, health is just as much (if not more) about what leaves your body and what doesn't damage your body as it is about what you put in that provides nutrition. So kelp noodles, well, you can be sure they will leave the body quickly, they won't stick in the intestines and rot, creating fermentation, gas and harmful bacteria growth, and they don't have any damaging elements that will negatively impact your body. It's a win-win-win friends!
Want more reason to try out kelp noodles for yourself? Here's a hugely convincing one: they are super-quick to prepare! All you need to do is open the packet, rinse them well and then put into a bowl. All you then have to do is top them with your sauce, dressing and/or toppings of choice and voila, you are good to go! So, I thought I'd get you started with some ideas for your kelp noodle experiments with a few of the creations I have enjoyed recently. These recipes and menu ideas should give you more than enough to work with. Here we go...
Each of the below recipes was designed to top/mix with one packet of kelp noodles (just rinse them and throw them into a bowl).
1 small avocado (or half a large) 1 red capsicum (bell pepper) Juice of 1/2 a lemon 1 tablespoon tamari or nama shoyu 1/2 clove garlic (I have made this recipe with the garlic and without...both are great!) 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder (I like lots but you can use less) 1/2 teaspoon tumeric Pinch sea salt
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour the sauce over the kelp noodles and either massage through with your hands or mush or stir into the noodles with a spoon until well coated. Let the noodles sit in the sauce for ten minutes or more and enjoy. The noodles will be soft, creamy and taste like heaven! I like to add some chopped fresh herbs and veggies also for crunch and colour. You could use parsley and/or coriander, baby rocket (arugula), chopped capsicum, olives, onion, fennel, ginger, raw corn, asparagus or any other chopped toppings. Get creative!
Super Simple Snacky Noodles
I like to call these "Snacky Noodles" as they are so quick and easy to make, plus so high in nutrition while still being incredibly light and low in calories, that they are a brilliant snack.
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil Juice of 1/2 a lemon 1-2 tablespoons of tamari or nama shoyu Pinch sea salt Optional chopped garlic and ginger Optional chopped veg like capsicum, onion, shredded cabbage, corn from the cob, fresh herbs, etc
Toss through the noodles and let sit for ten minutes or more. Enjoy anytime!
Talk About Easy Tomato Noodles
1-2 cups of your favourite organic or high quality tomato based pasta sauce or salsa (look for brands without sugar, low-quality oils like canola, preservatives and additives), or your own raw tomato marinara or napolitana sauce, like the Meditteranean Napolitana Sauce in my eBook Get Vital.
As you can see from these three recipes/ideas, kelp noodles are incredibly versatile and all of these recipes can be put together in ten minutes or less. Exactly what a time-poor cleanser wants! There are endless other options for making your kelp noodles delicious and satisfying so don't be afraid to experiment. I certainly intend to keep creating new combination's to keep things varied and interesting and I encourage you to join me.
Not sure where to buy kelp noodles? If you are in Perth, Western Australia, I recommend purchasing them from Alive Organics. If you are in the Eastern States of Australia, you can buy them from the lovely Julie at Conscious Choice here. If you are in the US, a safe bet for your kelp noodles is from the Raw Food World online store. You can also make an international order from all of these suppliers, or google it for a seller closer to your home.
Here's to the ease and simplicity of cleansing recipes!