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Seaweed and eggs? Trust me on this

Posted Jun 05 2013 9:00am


I love seaweed, so much so that I once nibbled on some at the beach. I don't recommend it -- way too gritty and not very tasty.

I used to buy toasted nori sheets and make snacks with them by ripping them into squares but lately seaweed snacks have soared in popularity so I don't have to do that anymore. 

The array of seaweed snacks is growing and recently Vitacost sent me a pack of gimMe seaweed crumbles . It's one of the new products that Vitacost.com has added to its product lineup. I've been shopping at Vitacost.com for YEARS (they have great prices on supplements) and I never really thought to order food with them.

The entire bag is 100 calories and it's really good. Seaweed is one of those foods that lends umami to foods. What's umami? In Asian cooking, it's known as the "fifth taste,"  the other four being sweet, salty, sour and bitter.

I tried the sesame flavor, but gimMe also comes in very un-Asian flavors like cheddar cheese and honey dijon. 

I was eating it straight out of the bag but I wondered what I could do with the fine, little shreds of seaweed, speckled with sesame seeds. They'd be great on a salad or sprinkled over a salmon fillet, but something about the combination of eggs and seaweed spoke to me.

Turns out, that very combination is also called gaeran mari, or a Korean stuffed omelet. And I also found out that gim means seaweed in Korean, hence the name gimMe.

There's really no recipe -- just make some scrambled eggs and sprinkle the seaweed on the finished eggs. The salty, crunchy seaweed is a great contrast to the soft and rather bland eggs and adds just a few calories. It's also a great way to add trace minerals to your diet and cut down on sodium.

Disclosure: Vitacost.com sent me the product but I was not compensated in any way for this post and all opinions are mine.

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