One of my favorite newly discovered products is Kelp Noodles. The entire bag is less than 20 calories, making a wonderful noodle substitute without the calories. “OUR STORY”, taken from the back of the bag states: ” Kelp Noodles are a sea vegetable in the form of an easy to eat noodle. Made of only kelp (a sea vegetable), sodium alginate (sodium salt extracted from a brown seaweed), and water, Kelp Noodles 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 while their healthful content provides a rich source of trace minerals including iodine, which kelp is well known for. Their unique texture completes the package, making Kelp Noodles a one-of-a-kind healthful and tasty alternative to pasta and rice noodles. Best of all, no cooking is required. Just rinse and add the noodles to any dish and they are ready to eat!”
The recipe For Chicken Stir Fry is on the back of the package:
1/2 cup chicken, diced
1/2 onion, sliced
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup broccoli or spinach
1 red bell pepper, thinly slices
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
soy sauce, salt, pepper to taste
Sauté garlic in olive oil. Add chicken and vegetables, Sauté until chicken is cooked. Then add kelp noodles, a few dashes of soy sauce, and some water or stock. Stir until the noodles soften. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Since I had leftover cooked chicken (see the slow cooker chicken recipe), leftover steamed broccoli and mushrooms in the refrigerator this is what I did:
In a skillet, I added 2 tablespoons olive oil and sautéed a sliced onion, an 8 ounce container of mushrooms, sliced, a red bell pepper, thinly sliced, and 2 minced garlic cloves. When the vegetables softened, I added the steamed broccoli, the leftover cooked chicken removed from 2 drumsticks and one breast along with some congealed chicken broth and heated thoroughly.
After rinsing the kelp noodles in water, I sliced the entire package of noodles in large chunks and added the noodles to the chicken/vegetable mixture along with 1 cup of water, salt, pepper, and a few shakes of soy sauce. Stir for a few minutes to softened the noodles and it is ready to eat.
If you have a favorite stir-fry recipe, just add in the kelp noodles at the end along with a small amount of liquid to soften the noodles. These noodles also taste wonderful in a peanut sauce.
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