Kelp Noodles? Given that I had given up on Shiritakyi noodles, I was still desiring a noodle to help satisfy my carb cravings. I came across kelp noodle and decided why not? Kelp noodles are made from an edible brown seaweed and contain kelp, sodium alginate (a form of seaweed-derived salt) and water. There is no cooking required in the preparation and are perfect if you are following a gluten free or celiac restricted diet. They also contain no fat, cholesterol, protein, or sugar. Per serving, most of the noodles are around 10 calories per serving.
In researching recipes, I found a lot of recipes that used the kelp noodles in salads. This interested me, but I have enough salad recipes to keep me going for years. I was also craving more of a "hot" recipe that will keep the husband happy (lately my only hot recipes have been soup or squash or yams). Phad Thai kept coming up as an option, so pulling from a number of different recipes based on what flavours I thought I would like best, I came up with my own version of the Phad Thai, of course, using PB2 to get the peanut butter flavor.
I found the kelp noodles in two places: Lifestyles and Planet Organic. Lifestyles keeps theirs in the fridge and planet organic sold theirs right off the shelve. The product doesn't need to be refrigerated until its open so when searching for the noodles don't be confused if you find them in both areas of a store. The 5 bags I bought are good until September, so that was exciting to me as I can have them on hand for quick dinner options.
Once complete, I had a delicious spicy, peanut flavored tofu that I devoured in one sitting. The kelp noodles stayed relatively "crunchy", which I really enjoyed and the fresh basil with bean sprouts were delicious. I took the other portion to work the next day and it was just as good, in fact, I actually hid the serving from my husband and told him there was no dinner that night as I didn't want to have to share it. Total calories per serving is around 200! If serving as a dinner meal and to satisfy husband friendly requirements, then add in chicken, tofu or prawns (pictures of those below!)
- 1 Bag of Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles
- 1 Red Pepper
- 1 Green Onion
- Bean Sprouts, 2 cups
- Carrots, 2-4 slices
- Sesame Oil, 1/2 tbls
- 1 garlic clove
- Crushed Red Chili Pepper Flakes
- PB2, 2 tbls
- Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, 1 tbsp
- Siracha Hot Sauce, 1 tbsp
- Fish Sauce, 1 tbsp
- 1 lime
- Peanuts, crushed, 10 peanuts
- Cilantro, 1/4 cup
- Fresh Basil, to garnish
Directions:Start off by making the sauce. Mix all of the ingredients together.
Chop and get all of the vegetables ready.
Crush the peanuts for the garnish and slice your veggies whatever way you choose.
Kelp noodles with red pepper and sauce.
Serve and enjoy!
Second time making it, I added chicken and prawns! It was just as good as the first time.