For many of us, seaweed is probably not the most common ingredient we find ourselves reaching for.  When we think of eating seaweed, we are likely to picture it rolled around the rice and vegetables of a vegan “sushi” roll.  However, there are lots of other fun and inventive ways to bring a little more seaweed into your diets.  What’s more, we should! 

Seaweed is the umbrella term for a host of marine plants and algae.  Some of the most commonly eaten seaweed are nori, kombu, and wakame.  Each type of seaweed comes with its own incredible nutritional content of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  

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Take a look at some of the delicious ways you can add a little ocean to your meals without the fish. 

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1.  Seaweed and Tofu Poke

Seaweed and Tofu Poke

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Molly Patrick’s vegan take on this traditional Hawaiian dish uses firm tofu in place of tuna and wakame seaweed for the seafood flavor.  Enjoy this Seaweed and Tofu Poke cold.  It’s perfect for spring.

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2.  Spring Ramen

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This is a healthy take on a classic comfort food favorite.  Filled with the fresh flavors of lemongrass and ginger, and with a helping of nori, this Spring Ramen recipe by Lena Novak will give you a refreshing ‘seafood’ fix. 

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3.  Avocado Nori Snacks

Avocado Nori Snacks

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Forget the rice, and wrap your nori around slices of avocado.  Simple and delicious.  Melanie Sorrentino encourages you to add your own seasoning to these Avocado Nori Snacks, but you can’t go far wrong with chili and lime sprinkled on this fun finger food.

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4.  Kelp Noodles in Peanut-Miso Sauce

Kelp Noodles in Peanut-Miso Sauce

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Koko Brill assures us that these kelp noodles are tasty, healthy, versatile, and just lovely tossed together with sauteed veggies and topped in a creamy sauce.  This recipe for Kelp Noodles in Peanut-Miso Sauce is delicious, quick, and easy.

5.  Savory Saffron Kombu Congee

Salty Saffron Kombu Congee

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Congee is a type of savory rice pudding enjoyed in many Asian countries.  Here, Valentina Chiappa promises an umami extravaganza with this recipe for Savory Saffron Kombu Congee.  It’s a stunning mix of vegetables, kombu seaweed strips and warm spices. 

6.  Easy Seaweed Salad

Easy Seaweed Salad

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This Easy Seaweed Salad by Maria Benoit is rich in fiber, protein and iodine.  With just six simple ingredients, you can make your own version of a popular coastal Asian dish.

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7.  Nori Wraps with Cauliflower Paté

Vegan Gluten-Free Nori Wraps with Cauliflower Paté and Veggies with tahini dressing

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This recipe for Nori Wraps with Cauliflower Paté is a perfect choice for those looking for a gluten-free or low-carb wrap option.  Here, Maria Llamas wraps a sheet of nori around crunchy veggies and a creamy homemade cauliflower paté.  Serve them with a lemony tahini dipping sauce.

8.  Mock Tuna Salad

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Dulse is the secret seaweed ingredient in this recipe for Mock Tuna SaladNikki and Zuzana are confident that this will become a fast favorite, giving you a ‘fishy’ fix and a helping of minerals and trace elements needed for optimal health.

9.  Mind Detox Smoothie

Mind Detox Smoothie

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In this recipe by Kennedy Kitchings, a seaweed flavor is not really the main goal.  It’s possible to enjoy the power of seaweed without the ocean taste.  The blueberries and bananas in this Mind Detox Smoothie will give you sweetness while the spirulina offers you a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

10.  Blueberry Spirulina Chocolates

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Algae might not be the first thing you think of when dreaming of the next chocolate flavor combo.  But never fear, Niki Webster’s beautiful Blueberry Spirulina Chocolates recipe will give you the health boost you need from the spirulina with the superior flavors of blueberry and coconut.  Divine. 

There are so many creative ways to enjoy the powers of seaweed in your meals.  It might be the ocean flavor that you are looking for, or you might prefer a recipe that gives you all healthful properties of this ocean gem without that fishy funk. Either way, making an effort to involve seaweed into your diet will certainly reward you.

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