Our last Monday meals post was Alia’s Signature Linguini. We are aware that more and more people are going Gluten Free or Grain free so we wanted to share a few great alternatives to traditional pasta. For those on a gluten free diet, we recommend Quinoa or Brown Rice Pasta (Make sure you Quinoa Pasta is Corn Free). For those on Paleo/Grain Free diets a few great alternatives are Spaghetti Squash, Zucchini Noodles and Kelp. Today we will focus on Kelp as it has tremendous health benefits due to its high Iodine content. Here are some of the benefits to cooking with Kelp: - Kelp noodles are made from seaweed and contain virtually no starches and only six calories per serving. - Rich source of iodine, which is a crucial nutrient for optimal thyroid function - Kelp contains plentiful amounts of chlorophyll which can increase oxygenation around the body - They are fat-free, gluten-free, and very low in carbohydrates and calories - Their noodle form and neutral taste allow for a variety of uses including salads, stir-fries, hot broths, and casseroles - Raw, mineral-rich food
We experimented with Kelp and here are a couple of recipes we came up with: Kelp with Baby Artichokes
- 1 Small Onion
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 1 bag of Baby Artichokes (available at the Trader Joe’s frozen section)
- Radicchio or Spinach
- Bragg – Aminos Liquid
- Vegetable Stalk
- Sea Salt
Defrost artichokes, and chop. Sautee onion, garlic and artichokes in olive oil. When onions/artichokes are golden, add Radicchio. Wash the Kelp noodles and incorporate into the artichokes. Use Bragg, and salt for flavor. I like adding vegetable stock to dishes instead of too much olive oil. It brings everything together.
Kelp with Pesto Sauce Kelp can be used with any pasta sauce. Pesto sauce is an easy sauce to make in advance and use for pasta, sandwiches and salads. Fresh Pesto is so simple to make, all you need is:
- 2 cups of Basil
- 1/4 Cup of Pine Nuts
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
Mix all ingredients in a food processor. Add olive oil as needed to make it a sauce consistency. Once done, add pesto to a sauce pan and incorporate the washed kelp and you are done!
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