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Step by step, seaweed prep

July 4, 2010

Admit it.  You’re still a little intimidated by the thought of seaweed despite the countless health benefits I spewed out in this post.   To be fair, I haven’t done my part.  I piqued your interest with all the reasons to eat seaweed, but neglected to show you “the way”.  That is, what to do with green stuff once you have it in your hand. 

Let me show you how easy it is to bring seaweed back to life.  First things first.  You need to pick up a package of dried seaweed from any health food or chinese store.   Wakame is one my preferences. 

Package of Wakame seaweed (empty)

 

 Step 1:  Take the seaweed out of the package and put in a bowl.  This is what the seaweed looks like outside the package…but not for long!  It’s about to undergo a dramatic transformation.  

Dried Wakame Seaweed

 

Step 2:  Add enough water to cover the dried seaweed and then some.  It will expand at least 3 times its size once it absorbs the water, so you may need to add more. 

Seaweed soaking in water

 

Step 3:  Let the seaweed soak for 5 minutes and watch the magic happen.  Once all the seaweed becomes soft, drain and ditch the soaking water. 

Ready-to-eat seaweed

 

Step 4:  Enhance the flavour of the seaweed with any dressing you like.  My personal fave is a tbsp of sesame oil, 1 tbsp rice vinegar and sometimes a splash of tamari or soy sauce.  Top it off with some chopped avocado.   

Seaweed salad and avocado

 

Step 5:  Enjoy!  A word of caution:  Keep smiling to a minimum while eating seaweed.  This stuff weasels its way into every nook and cranny and you may have a mouth full of green.  Not incredibly attractive.

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  1. Tina, Angelo and Maria permalink
    July 4, 2010 9:44 pm

    You sold us on the seaweed! Your writing is persuasive and beautiful! Nice work Danielle.
    P.S. Don’t forget to do the stairs!

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