Kelp Noodle and Vegetable Stir Fry

A few months ago my mom and I ran across kelp noodles in Whole Foods and decided to buy them. The package had been sitting in my fridge or a few weeks, until the other day when I decided to try it out.

These kelp noodles are by Sea Tangle, a company that has been making them since 2001. Kelp is a sea vegetable with many health benefits. It provides trace minerals and protein and aids in digestion. It also is a great source of iodine, which helps your thyroid stay healthy, and iron, which is important for blood cell function.

(photograph from Bonzai Aphrodite)

These noodles can be eaten straight from the package in cold dishes or warmed in things like soups or casseroles. They’re virtually tasteless, so you can prepare them any way you want. I’ve heard the RAW food community likes them.

I made mine in an easy stir fry. The noodles softened and plumped up in the pan pretty quickly and were delicious. They made this recipe really fast and easy: all I needed to do was chop the vegetables, throw them in the pan, add the tamari sauce, and transfer the kelp noodles straight from the package — no boiling water necessary. RAW and easy (well, and then “cooked,” but you get the idea).

I also tried some noodles cold, and they had a rubbery, pop-y crunch sort of texture. If you want to eat them cold, I’d suggest soaking the noodles in water or marinating them before serving.

Ingredients (serves 2)

extra virgin olive oil

1/2 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, pressed

1 small head broccoli, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1 can chicken, or 2 chicken breasts (optional)

1/2  or 1 package kelp noodles

Vegetable or chicken broth as needed

A few dashes of tamari sauce (gluten-free soy sauce)

Salt, pepper to taste

Directions

1. Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil on medium heat

2. Add the vegetables and chicken. (Allow chicken to cook if using raw)

3. Add the kelp noodles, broth as needed. Add the tamari sauce, salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy.

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Categories: Main dish, Stir fry

Author:rsedlak1

Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.

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