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25 delicious ways to eat seaweed


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Brown Rice and Arame SaladOkay, so seaweed may not be the most sexy superfood, but the uber-nutritious underwater plant about to step into the spotlight as the new “it” (sea) green—as predicted by our 2016 Wellness Trends.

And sushi isn’t the only way to get your daily dose of this health-boosting plant, which has major health benefits, and is packed with antioxidants, minerals, and thyroid-regulating iodine.

We’ve curated 25 mouth-watering ways for you to this sustainable “miracle food” (as the The New Yorker called it) in forms like salty-savory nori to pasta-substituting kelp noodles.

It’s time to deconstruct your sushi into a bowl, or even top your morning oatmeal with nori (trust us on this one). Ahoy! —Willa Tellekson-Flash

(Photo: Craving Greens)

 

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Sushi PizzaNori

You probably recognize nori as the papery green seaweed that holds your sushi together or the snack taking over shelves at Whole Foods. The member of the red algae family is rich in protein and fiber and is known to lower cholesterol. Eat it dried as a snack, or use it recipes ranging from oatmeal to pizza.

1. Sushi Pizza with Miso Ginger Dressing

2. Grain-Free Sushi Bowls

3. Savory Japanese Oats

4. Seaweed Risotto

5. Nori Salad Rolls

6. Sesame Nori Roasted Cashews

7. Bok Choy Nori Bites

8. Green Sushi Salad

9. Soba Noodles with Cilantro Nori Pesto

(Photo: Our Four Forks)

 

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ArameSalad-1Arame

Arame is the most iodine-rich of the edible seaweeds. This means healthy hormone regulation—and according to nutrition experts, your hair, nails, and skin will also thank you.

10. Gingered Sea Vegetable Salad

11. Lemony Herbed Millet with Arame

12. Grain-Free Arame and Edamame Salad

13. Brown Rice and Arame Seaweed Salad

(Photo: In Sonnet’s Kitchen)

 

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Japanese Rice BowlsWakame

The member of the brown algae family is rich in iron and packed with vitamins, promoting skin and bone health. Wakame is almost always sold dried, but should be re-hydrated before eating. Squeamish about the thought of eating seaweed? The flavor is neutralized the longer you soak it.

14. Salmon and Rice Bowl with Edamame Beans and Wakame

15. Black Rice Ochazuke with Crispy Salmon Skin

16. Red Cabbage with Sweet Miso Dressing

17. Seaweed Sesame Crackers

18. Tofu Wakame Soup

(Photo: A Tasty Love Story)

 

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kelp-padthaiKelp Noodles

Move over veggie zoodles, it’s time to share the spotlight with kelp noodles. The gluten-free, often raw noodles are free of sugar or cholesterol, yet contain a healthy dose of calcium. Use them in place of noodles in stir-fries, salads, soups, or pasta dishes.

19. Kelp Noodle Pad Thai

20. Kelp Noodles with Garlic Kale Pesto Sauce

22. Rainbow Veggie Salad with Kelp Noodles

22. Spring Pea and Onion Noodle Bowls

23. Kelp Noodle and Broccoli Slaw

24. Pho with Kelp Noodles

25. Rainbow Kelp Noodle Salad

(Photo: Let’s Regale)

Seaweed’s not the only menu item we’re predicting big things for in 2016—get ready to hear the word “matcha” more than ever before. And we’ve got 33 recipes that take it beyond the teacup...