NTTC: Leafy Greens

OK I'm getting this posted right under the wire!! Gel's Kitchen has a wicked fun event each month and here is my contribution to June's Leafy Green No Time To Cook!!

I love going out for sushi and I love the seaweed salad that comes with it sometimes. They have seaweed salad in the "take it" section of Wegmans and it's delicious... but $$$. I knew I had to give this a try at home to save both time and money! It's really simple, crazy healthy and super flavorful.


Here are some of the health benefits of wakame (seaweed)

  • Low in saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • Very high in calcium
  • Very high in iron
  • Very high in manganese
  • Very high in magnesium
  • High in niacin
  • High in pantothenic acid
  • High in phosphorus
  • Very high in riboflavin
  • High in vitamin A
  • High in vitamin C

Don't be scared off by the prospects of eating something that floats around the ocean, it doesn't taste like the ocean... if it does... the place who made it isn't very good :)



Seaweed Salad (serves 2- or 1 stephchows)
recipe from http://www.diy-sushi-recipes.com


Checklist :
3/8 oz dried dried wakame
3 tablespoons light soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar (without seasoning)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoons sesame oil
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
1/4 of a small cucumber sliced very thin
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


Task:
Soak dried wakame in warm water for about 5-8 minutes
Drain and place in a bowl of water. Quickly remove and plunge into cold water
Mix vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and ginger in a bowl until sugar is dissolved.
Mix wakame, cucumber and dressing.
Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and scallions
Chill in fridge prior to serving

I found the wakame in an Asian Grocery Store in town (it's crazy cheep there), if you don't have a specialty store near by try the ethnic aisle of your local grocery store!

11 chews:

Natalie said...

Yum!!!

Looks crazy good, and wicked healthy (in your words!) :)

Mags said...

When I first glanced at the list of health benefits, I thought it said "high in mayonnaise," and I had to do a double take..lol

Those photos are wonderful! (but not enough to make me try seaweed)I'm a wimp.

Sunshine said...

I just can't do it. I hate the taste of seawood and all seafood. More power to you though.

Anne said...

That looks yummy! I'm a little wary of seaweed, but I should give it a shot :D

That's brilliant Steph! Seaweed in a spoon ... I like it! I also like how you've highlighted the health benefits .. people should try it just for those benefits, if not anything else I say!

Thanks for submitting this for NTTC June 2009. Roundup and winner announced tomorrow!

Lo said...

Seaweed is one area of the greens world where we haven't jumped on board. Gotta change that. This looks great.

stephchows said...

Natalie- wicked tasty too! lol

Mags- you seriously always make me laugh out loud :D

Sunshine- you never know! you might love it :D

Anne- let me know how you like it!

Sneh- I'm so excited I won!! thank you thank you!!

Lo- you can do it!! I bet you'll love it :)

I've never tried a seaweed salad and very curious about it - it sounds awesome! Congrats on your win!!!

Cindy Karnitz said...

I was just diagnosed with extremely low iron, and seaweed has double the iron of a beefsteak. Looking for recipes- and I found this~ Horray! looks just like what I've had in Toyko- looking forward to making. Thx!

stephchows said...

Cindy- I'm so happy you found this! It's wicked tasty, I hope you enjoy it :)

That's brilliant Steph! Seaweed in a spoon ... I like it! I also like how you've highlighted the health benefits .. people should try it just for those benefits, if not anything else I say!

Thanks for submitting this for NTTC June 2009. Roundup and winner announced tomorrow!

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