What the heck are kelp noodles? I have been reading about kelp noodles online for quite some time now. First, they are raw so they are great for people who are trying to eat a raw diet, but also sick of zucchini noodles. Coming from a person that has been eating raw zucchini noodles three times a week, this could happen very quickly. They are clear noodles made out of kelp, a type of brown seaweed. They do not taste like pasta at all, but they do look like pasta and you are able to prepare them like other pasta dishes. They do not have much of a taste but they are great at absorbing rich flavors like pesto, alfredo, and pad thai. They are very low in calories, about 35 a serving! They are ready right out of the bag. Just rinse with warm water.
Where can I find these kelp noodles? They are available at most asian markets. And now because of the hype they are also available at whole foods. They are a great alternative to eating an enormous bowl of pasta on a week night.
Raw Pad Thai
1 pack of kelp noodles, rinsed in warm water
1 zucchini, julienned
5-6 leaves of chard, or other type of green, cut into ribbons
1/2 cup mung bean sprouts
3 Tbsp raw peanuts
2-3 Tbsp coconut oil
3 Tbsp Tamari or soy sauce
1/2 cup raw peanuts
2 Tbsp tahini paste
2 limes juiced
1/8 tsp chili powder
1/3 filtered water
1. Blend all ingredients for the sauce in a blender until smooth.
2. Mix all the ingredients for the Pad Thai together in a mixing bowl. Top with the sauce. I used my hands to massage the ingredients together. Let stand in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Enjoy!