Kelp noodles may sound unappetizing, but they’re actually the secret to enjoying your favorite pasta recipes guilt free. In fact, you may end up ditching your carb-heavy pasta permanently in favor of these gluten-free, keto-friendly, paleo, and vegan noodles.
What are kelp noodles?
As the name implies, kelp noodles are made from edible kelp. To make them, you first strip the away the kelp’s outer skin to reveal a thinner, gel-like layer. This step helps minimize the kelp’s fishy flavor. Then, you dry the inner layer, grind it into a powder, and blend it with water and sodium alginate, a brown seaweed extract that thickens the mixture and allows the noodles to hold their shape.
At first glance, kelp noodles appear similar to thin, semi-transparent spaghetti — but the kelp noodles’ taste and texture is quite different. They’re crunchy when eaten raw, but kelp noodles soften in water. Kelp noodles don’t have a strong flavor on their own and will take on the flavor of the ingredients in whatever dish you’re preparing. Cooking with kelp noodles is popular in Asian cuisine, and you can find them in salads and soups. They’re also commonly used in pastas as a low-calorie, grain-free alternative.
Kelp Noodles Nutrition
The main selling point for kelp noodles is that they’re very low in calories; a serving typically has fewer than 10 calories. They also do not contain cholesterol, fat, or sugar, and have a minimal amount of carbs. Additionally, a serving of kelp noodles supplies your body with roughly 15 percent of calcium for the day, as well as four percent of its daily iron needs.
Kelp noodles are also a good source of iodine, a mineral that’s important for the thyroid gland to function properly. Everyone needs iodine, but it’s especially important for pregnant women and children, as it’s crucial for proper bone and brain development. Just be careful to not go overboard with the kelp noodles, as an entire package of kelp noodles will take you over your daily recommended limit of iodine.
Recipes With Kelp Noodles
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So many of you msged me about this meal when you saw me making it on my insta stories a few weeks back. It’s a raw kelp noodle “pad Thai” I just threw a bunch of veggies that I had sitting in my fridge into a bowl along with kelp noodles and fresh basil. I made a mixed together cashew butter sauce (a couple tbsp cashew butter + 2-3 tbsp coconut aminos + 1 tsp sesame oil + lime juice + freshly grated ginger and garlic + chilli flakes) poured it over top the noodles and veggies, massaged it in and that’s it! I also threw in some tofu which I marinated in coconut aminos (literally just chopped it into cubes and let it sit in a bowl with the coconut aminos). Such an easy dish to make and takes about 5 minutes! Have you guys tried kelp noodles before? – – – #eattherainbow#eatyourveggies#eatyourcolors#inspiralized#wellandgoodeats#veganfoodshare#veganfoodspot#kelpnoodles#rawpadthai#recipeoftheday#cleaneating#thenewhealthy#rawtill4
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i have been incorporating more seaweed into diet, especially kelp noodles given they’re mineral rich and a great sub for any gf noodle. but be mindful these noodles take a little extra preparation, but it’s so worth it! to start you should always dunk them in warm water for up to 10 minutes to soften + separate the noodles. it will also rinse off that salty liquid you’ll find in the packaging. and don’t be fooled, these noodles need a killer sauce to pack flavor into all those nutrients. my choice for today – @havenskitchen nutty lemongrass 👌🏻
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Morning 👋🏼. I’m starting with my heavenly dinner from last night. My god you guys, this kelp noodle dish was just delicious! Ingredients: broccoli, bacon, spinach and parmezan cheese on top. I only used seasoning (since the grease of the bacon made it creamier): turmuric, salt and pepper. I’m actually sad I already ate this 😂 #LLC #livinglowcarb #keto #ketofood #lowcarblifestyle #lowcarbeating #dinner #lastnightsdinner #kelpnoodles #eataccordingtoyourgoals #nutrition #trusttheprocess #goodfoodonly #goodfoodgoodmood #healthyeating #healthylifestyle #healthyfood #healthyandtasty #lovelyplate #homemade #tasty #foodinspiration #yummy #delicious #sogood #perfectfood #purefood
When it comes to kelp noodle recipes, the options are endless. Soften them to add to your pad thai or stir fries, or leave them raw to bulk up your salads and add a satisfying crunch. No matter how you use them, don’t kelp all the deliciousness for yourself. These recipes deserved to be shared!