A Simple Seaweed Soup Recipe

 

A Simple Seaweed Soup Recipe

For some unknown reason, we tend to get A LOT of interest with the seaweed-based articles we have published here in the past – so we thought we’d ride that wave a bit and offer you a simple seaweed soup recipe that we were introduced to about a month back.

Now, regulars to this site will already know that we only ever showcase newbie-friendly recipes here…because I’m not the greatest cook to walk this planet (Shock! Horror!).

So, do you fancy learning more about this diverse yet tasty soup?

Cool – let’s take a closer look…

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Seaweed Soup Recipes


Why Seaweed?


So, why seaweed?

Why don’t we make a soup outta chicken and be done with it?

Why are we opting to go for this bogey-looking sea material?

Well, apart from the fact that seaweed is pretty darn tasty (when prepared the right way!), it also contains a number of benefits…

  • Seaweed is pretty awesome when it comes to your digestive health. Apparently it can strengthen gut mucus and slow down the digestion process, so the food releases it’s energy at at a much slower pace.
  • It is really low in calories and instead packed with nutrients. We are unable to farm the sea, so seaweed will see a sustained exposure to minerals.
  • Seaweed is known to have heavy-duty detox properties and is great at mopping up certain toxins within your system.
  • It makes a super-magical illness potion. Well, not exactly super-magic…but in Ireland and the Caribbean, seaweed-based drinks are consumed when one is under the weather, and needing a natural ‘pick me up’!

Okay, I could go on and on here…but you kinda get the picture already…

Seaweed pretty much rocks from a health point of view.

Now let’s get back to creating that seaweed soup…

 


Simple Seaweed Soup Recipe


Ingredients For 4 Servings:

Before we start, I should point out that this recipe is set up for Korean-style (brown) seaweed soup. It’s a big thing in Asia as many women believe it is the perfect soup to eat after they have given birth (it’s regarded as a ‘birth food’).

Korean women believe that the seaweed helps them produce quality milk for their newborn babies.

Anyway…

Ingredients For 4 Servings:

  • 30g dried (brown) seaweed
  • 1 dessertspoon of sesame oil
  • 100g very thinly sliced fillet steak
  • Salt
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon very finely chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 litres (2.5 pints) of cold water

Okay – so you’ve got all the ingredients in order…how do we cook up this bad boy?

Well, it takes no more than 10 minutes to prepare, and is ready in about 30 minutes (those of you that are good at maths will note that this is a 40 minute recipe!).

  1. Soak seaweed in water until it becomes nice and soft, then drain it off and cut up into pieces about 3cm long
  2. In a medium pot, heat sesame oil over medium heat. Add beef, pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon of soy sauce. Fry for one minute.
  3. Add seaweed, remaining soy sauce and stir-fry gently again for another minute.
  4. Pour in enough water to cover ingredients; bring to a boil.
  5. When it is boiling, add garlic and rest of water.
  6. Simmer for half and hour, then serve!

 


The Ultimate Newbie’s Seaweed Soup


The Ultimate Newbie's Seaweed Soup

There – that wasn’t too hard was it?

The perfect recipe for newbies looking to cook up a bit of (health conscious) seaweed soup.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this recipe – did you make any changes to it? Did you add that ‘something special’ that you would like to share with us here?

Do you have any seaweed soup recipes that you feel are better than this one?

If so, we would love to hear from you – please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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Is Brown Seaweed Good For You?

Is Brown Seaweed Good For You?

 

For years my (now ex) partner used to attempt to force me out of my comfort zone with food by introducing me to numerous varieties I would never have gone anywhere near…before I met her!

In most cases she failed – I’m a little bit too squeamish for some of the diverse options she put in front of me, but I did sample, and in some cases enjoy, a small percentage of these options…one of which was seaweed.

Living next to, and being brought up by the beach – I was interested in seeing what this slimy marine algae tasted like, and I was also interested in it’s apparent health benefits…

So, is brown seaweed good for you, and if so, what are it’s health benefits?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Brown Seaweeds


These types of seaweed are usually found in the Northern Hemisphere waters where the temperature is nice and cold. Not all forms of this type of seaweed are that palatable – Kelp is the only one that is regarded as a traditional food source.

Kelp is also known to have a handy variety of health benefits…

 

Brown Seaweeds

 


Taking On Cancer


A study that took place back in 2012, discovered that brown seaweed was high in levels of Fucoidan. This compound could well help prevent metastasis of lung cancer.

This report also suggested that Kelp could well be the force behind lower incidents of breast cancer and other hormone-related cancers among Asian women.

 


Weight Loss


In January 2010 a study took place using a derivative of brown seaweed known as fucoxanthin on obese participants. This derivative was mixed up with pomegranate seed oil and given to the patients over a 16 week period.

The results pointed to an average loss of 7.7 pounds and increased resting metabolic rate in each participant. There were also indications that fat deposits in the liver were reduced.

 


Your Own Personal Hazmat Suit!!!!


Yep – you read that heading correctly…

Brown seaweed can act as a natural version of a nifty Hazmat suit!

Nutritionist Phyllis Balch, author of the book Prescription for Dietary Wellness: Using Foods to Heal, firmly believes that brown seaweed can protect you against certain forms of radiation exposure.

Balch is under the impression that the sodium alginate that is found in brown seaweed, has in the past prevented the absorption of radioactive strontium from contaminated milk.

 


Vitamins and Minerals


Brown seaweed varieties usually contain a diverse group of vitamins and minerals, including iodine, iron, and calcium. Some types can even contain high amounts of vitamin B12. On top of that – it’s a good source of omega-3 fats (very good for the heart!).

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Conclusion – Is Brown Seaweed Good For You?


There’s no getting away from it – brown seaweed definitely has A LOT of health benefits…but it’s also worth noting that it’s a great dietary source of iodine, which helps support your thyroid gland…

But too much of this iodine can also harm your thyroid function.

What are your experiences with this diverse cuisine?

Do you have any tips or nice recipes you would like to share with us here?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

Is Roasted Seaweed Good For You?

Is Roasted Seaweed Good For You?

I am one of those people that simply adores sushi. I love everything about it; the plating, the colors, the taste, all these make me crave every single time I think about it.

Up until a few years ago, every time I ate sushi I would take away the crunchy layer that keeps the rice along with the rest of the ingredients together.

Although I’m ashamed of this, I didn’t know what seaweed was and I thought it wasn’t supposed to be eaten.

Well, this extra layer that has a crunchy texture and a fresh taste is roasted seaweed. But is roasted seaweed good for you?

As you will later find out in article, seaweed is extremely healthy; it has just as many nutrients as fruits or vegetables, being in fact a vegetable.

If you can cope with the bit different taste, you can also eat roasted seaweed as an in between meal snack.

But what are the actual pros for eating this fine Japanese appetizer?

In order to respond this question, let’s find out what seaweed actually is…

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Seaweed

Nori or roasted seaweed consists from an eatable seaweed species. It is made by cutting, drying and finally roasting seaweed.

Except oil and salt, there is nothing else used in this process; no chemicals, no synthetic constituents, just pure, natural ingredients.

I am sure many of you have no idea how roasted seaweed tastes. However, as you probably know, this is a traditional Japanese dish, and it has been so for centuries.

In the Japanese culture, seaweed is considered to be very good for increasing life’s length. You will surely be surprised on Nori’s nutritional profile…

Nori

Nori contains an incredible amount of Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is essential for the good functioning on you nervous system.

It also has an important role in the circulatory system, as it is responsible for catalyzing the reaction in which red blood cells form.

Another important nutrient seaweed provides is iodine. Iodine is, as you probably know, a mineral.

Iodine is mandatory for your metabolism; also iodine has a major role in helping the thyroid gland work properly.

Seaweed

You don’t like bananas? Then you can provide your body it’s daily dose of potassium by eating seaweed.

This is recommended, especially if you have any heart issues yourself, or running in your family. Potassium decreases blood pressure, as well as the risk of a heart attack.

I have good news for those of you who want to lose a few kilograms. Seaweed is extremely low in calories and saturated fat.

It can make a nice late dinner if you are on a diet, but feel the need to munch something after 6:00 PM.

Other nutrients that can be found in roasted seaweed are calcium, magnesium and vitamin C.

Interested?

The taste of seaweed is unique. I can’t seem to find a good comparison, probably because there are none. However, just like the almond taste, whether you like it or not; there are no middle options.

But where can you find this Japanese delicacy? You should be able to find it at the supermarket in the Asian corner.

If not, you can always order seaweed from eBay or Amazon, as there are lot of varieties available. Read the label carefully. The list of ingredients has to be really short.

After buying it you are probably wondering how to prepare it. The most popular dish that goes with seaweed is sushi.

Another way of using seaweed is as a condiment; just crumble it and add it to Asian recipes. The flavor is going to be great.

However, you can always eat roasted seaweed as it is. It will grant you amazing amounts of nutrients, whilst few calories and fats.

Seaweed comes in a variety of species. Each one of them has different features.

Whilst Kelp has to be consumed with care, as it can provide too much iodine, others, like Wakame are incredibly nutritious; some of them make a very good side like Arame, others are better consumed fresh, like Kombu and Dulse.

Conclusion

Is roasted seaweed good for you? The answer is definitely yes.

Seaweed is a strongly nutritious aliment with lots of health benefits. Whether you prefer it on sushi, as a condiment, as a decor for your salads or as a snack, seaweed is a good addition to a healthy diet.

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