California Roll Kelp Noodles

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on October 7, 2011

It’s official, I’m addicted to kelp noodles.

Since buying my first pack on Upaya Naturals, I’ve come up with a couple of tasty ways to enjoy these low calorie, thyroid supporting noodles.

I’ve made countless batches of 150 calorie (and 15 minute) ginger chicken kelp noodle soup,

tried toasting them in the oven for a salty + crunchy snack, and went bananas when I realized they make a perfect addition to a bowl of detox supporting soup.

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California Roll Kelp Noodles

Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

Packed with all of the ingredients you’d find in a California roll, in a convenient bowl of low calorie noodles!

Yield: 2 cups

Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 4oz. chicken breast, grilled and sliced
  • 1 serving (4oz) kelp noodles
  • 3 tbsp pump up your greens soup
  • 2 tbsp gluten-free veggie broth
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp brown rice miso
  • splash braggs soy seasoning
  • pinch dried chiles
  • 1 carrot, grated

Directions

  1. Place approximately 2-3 cups of hot water from the tap or water simmered in the stove top in a glass bowl.
  2. Place noodles in the hot water for 1-2 minutes until soft.
  3. Drain and place in a serving bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl,  combine soup, broth, onion, miso, braggs, and dried chiles.
  5. Pour mixture over top of noodles and stir to coat. Top with chicken, grated carrots and enjoy!

calories: 239 | fat: 7g | saturated fat: 1.6g | carbohydrate: 5g | fiber: 3g | sugars: 1g | protein: 37g

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As much as I would love to serve up a big bowl of kelp noodles for Thanksgiving dinner this Monday, I think my sister would probably die at the thought of no turkey. And honestly, deep down I know I would too, so I’ll be heading to the grocery store tonight to begin stocking up for the big day.

If you’re planning to do the same, here are a couple of recipes that may help you along the way. These were some of my first posts on the blog!

My first turkey and gluten-free gravy

Apple rice stuffing. This year I’m planning on creating a wild mushroom rice stuffing!

Monster mashed potatoes… because purple potatoes are higher in phytonutrients (and funner to eat!)

And last but certainly not least, the best darn sugar-reduced cranberry sauce I’ve ever had.

Monday couldn’t come soon enough!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

I forgot you guys do TG about a month earlier than we do.

“because purple potatoes are higher in phytonutrients (and funner to eat!)” <— that's what I was thinking when I read the post :)

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Stephanie

Those purple mashed potatoes are kind of crazy! They remind me of ube ice cream, a filipino ice cream made from purple yams.

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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

Yummyyyyyyy! Can I come over for Thanksgiving???

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Molly@hungryhungryrunner.com

I definitely need to try kelp noodles. Your rice and mashed potatoes are making me sooo hungry and excited for Thanksgiving…even though it’s like six weeks away. Maybe I’ll have a little pre-Thanksgiving this week just to tide me over. :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

Aren’t kelp noodles a thing of glory??! I just discovered them this past summer and bought some by the brand Sea Tangle. I love that they’re so low in calories, yet SO good for you! This recipe sounds delicious, and what a great way to use up some of the soup too! I’m very intrigued by the monster mashed potatoes. I looked for purple potatoes all summer but couldn’t find them anywhere – hopefully I can track some down soon at one of our local markets and make your recipe. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend Leanne!

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Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well.

I wish I could find purple potatoes! I’ve never seen them in the stores, but would love to try them. I’ll still check out your recipe though! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

You know, I don’t think I’ve seen purple potatoes since last Christmas when I originally posted the recipe! I found mine at the local market, they were SO popular last year in Alberta!

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Nadine

I would love to try kelp noodles, and your recipe looks delicious, but I can’t find any in my neck of the woods…so I guess my question is – are they REALLY good ?? I would have to order them online and would end up with a lot of kelp noodles..so are they worth the investment?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Oh that’s tough. I think it really depends on your current diet and your taste. For me, I like kelp noodles because I’m hungry all the time. Always snacky. So, if I make a bowl of kelp noodles I get the satisfaction of chewing and eating, the benefits of the noodles (thyroid support, good for IBS), and it takes 100-200 calories away from the day. If you feel you could benefit from a lower calorie food, or you struggle with thyroid issues, digestive issues, etc. it may be a great option for you!

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Nadine

You make a persuasive case ( : I think I’ll give them a try since, like you, I am hungry all the time and this would be a better option than the high calorie dried fruit I usually reach for! Thanks and have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

I want to come over for your Thanksgiving! I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy time with your family!

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Kristina @ spabettie

I have looked everywhere for purple potatoes! I have an idea in mind for them, and really want to do it! :) *sigh* I keep looking… but if I know you made these potatoes for your Thanksgiving, I should start looking again…

Happy Friday, friend!

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Kristina @ spabettie

oh, and Happy Thanksgiving! :D

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Lisa ♥ Healthful Sense

Call me crazy but I have never had purple potatoes?!!
I’ll have to find those… how fun!!
Happy TG!!

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Alyssa Monique (PayFitnessForward)

Wow! this is so ironic! I just bought kelp noodles at Whole Foods out of random because I noticed the calories were so low, and then you post this, so cool :) I really didnt know what to do with the noodles! Thanks for the post :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Perfect timing. Enjoy your noodles!

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Karen

that looks like a very comforting recipe, something that would also cure the common cold.. :) I love kelp noodles, this reminds me that I need to get more.

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Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily

I can’t wait to try kelp noodles. I didn’t see any at Sprouts today. Do you get yours at the Chinese market or Whole Foods>

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I bought mine online at upaya naturals. We don’t have a whole foods here, but I was told they do carry them!

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Kelly E.

I’m sorry… am I the only one thinking you are confused about what a California Roll consists of? Avocado, crab and cucumber. Every time. Only those three things. I’ve had it in NY, I’ve had it in Seattle. It never changes. This is the second time I have seen California Rolls referenced… and it never has anything to do with what a California roll really is.

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