Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Make Your Own Seaweed Powder Spice!

Add flavor to your food without using salt. Grind any type of dried seaweed into a powder to make a salt substitute to use in your recipes. 

All edible seaweeds contribute healthy vitamins and minerals to your diet, including vitamins A, B, C and E, plus iodine. 

The distinctive flavor of seaweed is known as “umami” — a savory sensation unlike the other four tastes of the tongue: sweet, salty, bitter and sour. Used as a seasoning, seaweed powder can enhance the flavor of any food.

The good news is it is very affordable and easy to make. You can purchase 50 sheets for less than $10 on Amazon and enjoy making wraps with all kinds of healthy ingredients in addition to creating this new addition to your spice rack!

Take a sheet and rip it up into small pieces, placing them in a coffee or spice grinder. 

Pulse the grinder until the dried seaweed becomes pulverized into a fine powder. 

Using a funnel, transfer the seaweed powder to an empty spice container. Approximately 4 sheets fill a small one. You can make a lot more of this powder and store it in an air tight container indefinitely in a cool, dry spot.

Sprinkle the powder over your food or add it to taste for a savory flavor accent.

Try any edible seaweed - such as dried kelp, nori or dulse - for making this seasoning.

Look for dried seaweed in Japanese markets, international grocery stores and on the Internet.

Wishing you excellent health, today and always!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Vegan Chickpea 'Tuna-Fix'

Easy and quick to prepare and very filling, this is one of my favorite 'go to' dishes - with a salad, in a wrap, in a pita, great for parties and picnics, with veggies or chips, and it stays for several days in the fridge. (It's even yummier the next day!)

The taste and consistency is very much like tuna fish, especially when you add mayonnaise (veganaise) and lemon juice. You can substitute the mayo with blended avocado or a dressing of your choice, and add pickles, onions and/or olives. 

The base is (cooked/canned) chickpeas and celery, but I also like to include carrots as well as different herbs and seasonings.

It's easiest to use a food processor using the 'S' knife to prepare it. Each ingredient should be chopped or 'pulsed' separately for just a few seconds each. If you over-blend it gets too mushy, so be careful.

Delicious in a pepper...
In a seaweed wrap...  
In a salad...

Some people add salt. I like to use Ume Plum Vinegar, which is healthier than salt but satisfies that flavor. You can read about it here and find it at Whole Foods.

No worries (or excuses!) if you don't own a food processor, you can use a salad chopper or chop very fine on your own.

Hope you enjoy! Wishing you excellent health today and always...