Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ume Plum Vinegar and Kelp Noodles

Today I want to introduce you to two foods that will make a great addition to your Paleo pantry.

Ume plum vinegar is not really a vinegar.  It's the brine used to pickle Umeboshi plums, a Japanese delicacy reported to have great health benefits, among them fighting flus,colds and infections. It was also esteemed by the Samurai to fight battle fatigue, so it's probably also great at fighting exhaustion and helping with energy. This salty and sour liquid makes a very tasty condiment which adds a lot of flavour to oriental dishes.
When you are eating Paleo - and especially low carb - kelp noodles are another good alternative to wheat noodles in certain dishes.

These are made from kelp and are not really noodles, but they look like noodles.  Kelp is one of those sea vegetables that everyone tells you to eat because of the health benefits.  Some claim they improve thyroid health, promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis and enhance heart health.  This is partly due to their high iodine content, and even though these claims are still being debated, eating Kelp noodles doesn't seem to have any down side, so it could be a good addition to your low carb diet.

They contain no fat, cholesterol, protein or sugar, and each serving typicaly contains only one gram of carbs, one gram of fiber, and 35 milligrams of sodium. They also provide about 15 percent of your daily calcium needs and four percent of your daily iron needs as well.  On top of all that, they contain fewer than 10 calories per serving.

They don't need a lot of preparation, which makes them easy to use, and I find they are especially good in oriental recipes such as this one below from, which uses both of these ingredients.

Where can you easily find them you ask?  Why at Amazon of course - where else?  Check out Elana's cookbooks while you're at it as well.  They contain lots of wonderful gluten-free and dairy-free recipes.

  Elana's Sesame Kelp Noodles

Ingredients :

1 package kelp noodles
1/4 cup creamy roasted almond butter
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon ume plum vinegar
1 tablespoon honey

Directions :
  • Soak kelp noodles in a largr bowl of warm water for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse noodles thoroughly, then drain and transfer to a dry bowl.
  • In a separate small bowl combine almond butter, sesame oil, ume vinegar and sweetener
  • Toss noodles with sauce and serve.
For many people, a bowl of noodles is the ultimate comfort food.  If you are one of them, this recipe is definitely worth a try.  I think you'll find they really hit the spot.

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