There are so many ways to easiy add seaweed to your daily diet. Read our top 8 tips for seaweed beyond sushi!
A more fitting name for seaweed would be sea vegetables ~ the ocean’s plant based food offering. They are not a new food source – seaweeds have been eaten since humans were first on the planet as a nutrient rich, deliscious vegetable. Asian cultures have continued in their traditions eating seaweeds regularly through the day but many Western cultures are only recently rediscovering the amazing benefits of eating seaweeds.
Here are our 8 top tips to easily add a little seaweed to your everyday meals.
1. Use Seaweed to Replace Salt When Seasoning Your Meals
Seaweeds tend to have a relatively high potassium content which gives them a salty flavour. They make an excellent alternative to regular table salt. The relatively high iodine and mineral content they offer also means they offer a far richer nutritional value than simply using regular sodium chloride. Simply swop table salt for kelp granules, or a kelp salt or seaweed salt to boost your mineral content and add more umami flavour to your meals.
2. Add Seaweeds To Your Smoothies
Kelp powder or Irish Moss gel make wonderful nutrient rich additions to a daily smoothie. Your body will thank you for the added nutrients, minerals and trace elements the seaweeds bring to your smoothies.
3. Use Seaweed Flakes As A Garnish
Pasta, pizza, poke bowls, noodles are more visually appealing with a sprinkle of seaweed flakes or chopped seaweed leaves over the top as a garnish. Dulse flakes are gorgeous with omelette and potato dishes for examples, sea lettuce is an iron rich alternative to parsley. Almost any savoury dish can be enhanced with a sprinkle of seaweed flakes.
Our Seaweed & Sesame Seasoning range is based on the Japanese furikake recipe but our recipes contain no artificial ingredients and are gluten free. Furikake is traditionally used to season rice, but we think this is one of the easiest ways to add seaweed to almost everything – salads, soups, savoury baking, we even suggest a sprinkle before roasting vegetables and let the seaweed caramelise over the vegetables.
4. Use Kelp To Marinade or as a Rub
Kelp is naturally tenderising due to the enzymes it has which help to break down cell walls. It also happens to be a wonderful source of umami flavour so this makes it an excellent ingredient in rubs or marinades before BBQing, frying or roasting meats.
5. Use Kombu to Make Broths, Stocks & Soften Beans
Use a Kombu strip or leaf to make delicious, alkalising and nourishing stocks and broths. This is a vegan friendly way to add wonderful umami flavour and dense nutrients to healing foods. The enzymes in kelp also make kombu or kelp a wonderful addition to the water you are soaking beans in. They are said to aid digestion and reduce flatulenace.
6. Use Agar or Irish Moss Gel as An Egg Replacement
Gelatin and agar powder can be used as a binding agent instead of eggs, however they’re likely to create a more solid consistency in your finished product. Agar is a vegan alternative to gelatine and full of wonderful nutrients. Our Agar powder is unflavoured so will not impact the flavour of your cakes, brownies of cookies. To replace one egg, mix one tablespoon of agar with one tablespoon of water.
Agar is a wonderful ingredient in plant based baking. Check our recipe section for a selection of cheesecake and desert recipes.
7. Use Seaweed to Wrap Food or Make your Own Sushi Sheets
If you love to experiment with new flavours, textures and colours, why not try wrapping seaweed leaves like komu, Atlantic Dulse or Wakame leaves around fish, chicken or food parcels before grilling or baking – check our recipe section for inspiraiton.
If you just can’t tear yourself away from all things sushi, make your own sushi sheets! Don’t be limited to just using nori – the seaweed traditionally used to make sushi sheet! Try Atlantic Dulse and Sea lettuce combinations!
8. Savoury Baking Sensation from Seaweeds!
Experiment with Power of Three flakes, Atlantic Dulse (the vegan bacon) or Sea Lettuce flakes in your savoury baking – breads, muffins, sourdoughs, tarts and pies. Seaweeds also make a surprising addition to cookies, and baking and are an excellent way to sneak additional nutrients into ‘treat’ foods.