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Noodle-licious!

January 9, 2014

Have you tried kelp noodles yet? No? Well put them on your weekly shopping list and get ready to have your mind blown.

First, the important stuff. Kelp noodles don’t contain fat, protein, sugar or cholesterol. There is approximately one gram each of carbs and fiber and six calories per 110 gram serving.  The package I typically buy is by Sea Tangle Noodle Company and contains three servings so for an entire bag you have a whopping 18 calories. There is also some anecdotal evidence that shows consuming kelp noodles improves thyroid function.  They are suitable for pretty much every diet including  gluten-free, vegetarian/vegan and even raw food since they don’t need to be cooked.

If you’ve excluded regular pasta from your diet and are craving a substitute other than spaghetti squash, these noodles are your new best friend.  I use them in traditional style pasta dishes, stir-fries,cold noodle salads etc. Tonight I sauteed broccoli, cauliflower, carrot and zucchini in no-sodium chicken broth along with the noodles and topped it with shredded chicken. BOOM! From the time I started chopping the veggies to when I got dinner on the table was less than 30 minutes – easy and delicious! You can’t ask for anything more from a quick weeknight dinner. 

Word to the wise: the noodles do have a definite “crunch” to them, which if you’re not expecting it, can seem odd. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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