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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Eat your (Sea)Veggies!


The trees are green and in full bloom (feeling those allergies, anyone?) and we're gearing up for the beach.
Put that together and what do you need??...

...An amazing recipe using Sea Vegetables to help you boost your immune system, lose weight, and pack tons of nutrients into this delicious green dish! Plus, it's a no fuss, super quick and easy recipe to make.

What you'll need:

WAKAME- 1/2 cup, soaked & chopped

This is a sea vegetable that has a sweet flavor. Soak the wakame in a bowl filled with cold water until it expands. Drain this water and then rinse again in water and let it soak about 10-20minutes.
You can buy it in long strips (cut it into small pieces prior to soaking because it will expand a lot) or flakes.
I like the Eden Foods brand or other types of sea veggies from Maine Coast Sea Vegetables (yay, Maine!). You can also find it at your local health food store or Whole Foods.
Check out the nutrient content of similar sea vegetables here... low in calories, high in nutrients!

KALE - 1 bunch
Or any other dark leafy greens (spinach, collards, mustard greens, etc.)

OLIVE or SESAME OIL- 1 tablespoon
TOASTED SESAME SEEDS- optional to sprinkle on top of finished dish

1. Wash & soak wakame
2. Wash & chop greens
3. Cook wakame in a little bit of water for about 5 minutes
4. In a skillet, heat oil, add greens & saute for 5-7 minutes
5. Add dash of salt
6. Add wakame and lemon juice
7. Saute everything for 3-5 more minutes
...sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve with a balanced meal like grilled salmon, brown rice, and a salad.

mmm, YUMMY!

*recipe adapted from The Energy Balance Diet by Joshua Rosenthal