Curious, so was I!
And so was Gordy, well actually he was a bit scared knowing that being the official in-house taster, he had a job to do… you are not going to make me try these are you?
Ok, the truth is I was a bit wary so just in case I had a pot of water boiling on the stove for a back up dinner of pasta.
Here is my report…
Made of only kelp (a sea vegetable), sodium alginate (sodium salt extracted from a brown seaweed), and water, Kelp Noodles are fat-free, gluten-free, and very low in carbohydrates and calories. Best of all, no cooking is required. Just rinse and add the noodles to any dish and they are ready to eat!
So, what do they taste like? They are neutral in taste, clear in colour and a have a crunchy texture, but once you cover them in a sauce they become much softer and soak up all the flavour. They make a great alternative to pasta and rice noodles.
I did get Gordy to try them and he was quite surprised at how good they tasted, but he ended up eating the pasta with Rowe Farms sausage. I ate the pad thai. We were both happy.
This is definitely not a traditional pad thai recipe, but I think you will like it.
- 1 package raw kelp noodles
- 2-3 heaping tablespoons raw almond butter or any other nut butter you like. I sometimes use raw hemp butter.
- 1 small cloves garlic
- ½ onion
- 2 tablespoons sriracha
- 4 tablespoons shoyu or tamari sauce
- 2 to 3 Medjool dates
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 carrot, shredded
- 1 cup cabbage, shredded
- ½ cup baby spinach
- 3 green onion, diced
- ½ Cilantro, chopped
- ½ Cashews, crushed
- lime wedges
- bean sprouts
Feel free to use any veggies you like.
- Place the almond butter, garlic, onion, sriracha, shoyu, dates and lime juice in the bowl of a food processor.
- Process until everything is well mixed.
- Taste for sweetness. If you like it a bit sweeter add another date.
- If sauce is to thick you can add a bit of water.
- Toss the sauce with the kelp noodles and mix well.
- Add the carrots, cabbage, spinach, green onion and cilantro and toss again.
- Garnish with the bean sprouts, cashews and lime wedges.
3 to 4 servings
Kelp Noodles from the Sea Tangle Noodle Company.
I bought these at Fiesta Farms.
An entire bag of these kelp noodles contains only 18 calories (yes, the entire bag)!