Ever heard of a kelp noodle? Me neither. Well not until a few months ago at least. See the beauty of working (or what feels like living) in a grocery store is that it lends itself to all sorts of discoveries. One of my favorite places to wander when I have a free moment is the 'International Aisle." Thats where I discovered the kelp noodle. I'm not really convinced its made of anything really. With only 6 calories for a pretty hefty serving, there's not much to these bad boys. So while you might be retaining some of the benefits kelp has to offer (high in iodine and calcium), I will just think of them as a similar composition to air. Upon my purchasing, I discovered that these suckers make a great substitute for noodles used in Asian dishes, but probably wouldn't recommend putting meatballs on top of them. They're slightly crunchy with a mild flavor so they retain sauces quite well - not to mention they're minimal carbohydrate content makes them a less-filling substitute to rice noodles or pasta.
But the best thing about this recipe? It only takes about 15 minutes to make!
Check out my recipe for Spicy Peanut Stir Fry (with Kelp Noodles) below.
Spicy Peanut Stir Fry (with Kelp Noodles)
- 1 bag kelp noodles, drained and rinsed
- 4 cups chopped veggies (I used broccoli, eggplant, grated carrots and red bell pepper)
- 1 T toasted sesame oil
- ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
- ½ cup cashews
- 1 serving peanut sauce (ingredients below)
Put medium pan on medium heat. Toss the chopped vegetables with the sesame oil in the pan until cooked (or choose to keep them raw).
For the sauce
- 2 T creamy peanut butter
- 1 T honey
- ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes or chili powder (more if you prefer spicy sauce)
- 1 T grated ginger
- 1 T minced garlic ¼ cup water
Whisk ingredients together in bowl. Pour sauce over kelp noodles and mix until noodles are coated. Top with veggies, cilantro, and cashews to enjoy! (You can always add a protein like chicken, steak, tofu, or shrimp to increase the protein content as well).
Have you ever tried kelp noodles? What do you think?