I love pasta and noodles, but I just can’t handle the carbs. So when I find a new, low-carb, low-calorie product, you can bet I’m going to try it. I found these sea kelp noodles at Whole Foods (not a paid endorsement BTW) with only 6 calories per serving, 1 carb, and lots of calcium, iron, iodine and other trace minerals. Plus, they are ready to eat – just rinse and toss into your bowl. They have a nice, satisfying texture to bite into, so you actually feel like you’re being a bit decadent! If you can’t find kelp noodles, soba noodles are fast to cook up and would work very nicely in this dish.
Because all of the ingredients in this recipe can easily be scaled to however many people you want to serve, it’s a great “cooking for one” recipe or to serve the whole family. Just arrange the ingredients in a bowl…
Then bring water to a boil, remove from heat and stir in the miso paste. Then pour it over the ingredients and stir.
Because everything is thinly cut, it heats instantly in the hot water and is ready to serve.
Garnish with some sesame seeds, add a dash of tamari or soy sauce, and you’ve got yourself a bowl of delicious, slurp-worthy, savory noodles to warm you from the inside out!
Ingredients (serves 4)
1 12-ounce package sea kelp noodles (I used the Sea Tangle brand)
1 14-ounce package silken tofu cut into small cubes (I actually like to use extra firm, but silken is normally used in miso soups)
nori (sushi-type) seaweed cut into strips, as much as you like (or use the organic seaweed snack from Costco or Trader Joe)
2 long carrots – cut into julienne strips with a vegetable peeler
2 green onions – cut into julienne strips with a vegetable peeler
4 tablespoons miso paste
4 1/2 cups water
sesame seeds for garnish
tamari, soy sauce or liquid aminos, to taste
- Rinse the kelp noodles in cool water.
- Cut up the tofu, seaweed, carrot and onions
- Bring 4 1/2 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat. Place 1/2 cup boiling water in a blender along with miso paste. Blend until smooth and all lumps are gone. Add miso mix back in with hot water.
- Arrange noodles, tofu, seaweed, carrots and onion in a serving bowl or individual bowls. Pour hot miso broth on top and gently stir with chopsticks or fork.
- Serve hot immediately with sesame seed garnish, and adjust flavor if desired with tamari or soy sauce, or liquid aminos.