Afternoon Crack: Nori Never Tasted So Good

Crispy, crunchy nori snack!

I think I’m addicted! Crunchy and salty, this toasted seaweed snack rules.  My love of this recipe may have something to do with my thyroid.  Seaweed has a lot of iodine in it and iodine supports normal thyroid function.   When I am under stress or feeling a little out of balance sometimes I crave nori or kelp, I know the craving is my thyroid asking for some support.  I used to have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis but that got annoying so I gave it up.  Who wants to take Synthroid everyday anyway?  Why not make something delicious instead, I’ll have my medicine and eat it too!  I found this on The Kitchn and the link that follows is for their recipe, which I tried and then modified, of course.

Not just for sushi, you can eat it as is, crumble over salads or use as a wrap!

Ingredients for Wasabi Toasted Nori:

3 Tablespoons water and 1 Tablespoon sesame oil (or olive oil)
2 Tablespoons powdered horseradish wasabi
5 sheets nori
salt

This recipe is easily doubled, if you decide you really like it!

You should be able to pick up some Nori and wasabi powder the next time you find yourself in that aisle of the grocery store where they keep all of the interesting ingredients.

The international aisle, white people welcome....

Heat oven to 250°F.  Or, if for some reason you oven is not functioning you can use your toaster oven.  This snack is dorm room friendly!

Combine 2 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon wasabi in a small bowl and whisk with a fork until the wasabi is dissolved. The wasabi tends to settle to the bottom, so you may need to re-whisk between batches.

Combine the sesame oil, 1 tablespoon wasabi and 1 tablespoon water in another bowl.  It will be like a thick paste.

The bowl on the left has wasabi and water, the bowl on the right has wasabi, sesame oil and water.

Take one sheet of nori and fold it in half. Unfold it and lightly paint half the sheet with the wasabi water using a pastry brush. Sprinkle the inside with salt and press it closed. Lightly brush the top with the wasabi sesame oil and water mixture.

Using a pair of kitchen scissors, cut the nori into 5 or 6 strips and transfer them to a baking sheet.

Using kitchen scissors to cut strips of wasabi basted nori.

Repeat this process with each sheet of nori until you have filled the baking sheet. Strips can be close to each other, but should be in a single layer without touching.

Nori, ready to get baked!

Bake for 10-13 minutes, until darkened, dry to the touch, and brittle. Transfer the nori crisps to a cooling rack to finish crisping. Repeat with any remaining sheets of nori.

If you do happen to have any leftovers, I didn’t, store them in an airtight container. They will stale a bit with time, but should still stay crispy for a few days.

Wicked Good Wasabi Coleslaw

Thin sliced head of organic cabbage, ready for dressing!

Here is a super easy (it took me about 10 minutes to make) healthy and flavorful way to enjoy cabbage.

First, thinly slice a small to medium sized head of organic cabbage and place it into a large bowl.

For the dressing you can get ready made wasabi mayo or just mix wasabi powder into your regular mayonaise, make sure to add a little wasabi at a time until it’s hot enough to eat but not so hot it will make you cry, unless you like that kind of thing.

Wasabi powder and Wasabi Mayo from the Asian Market in Hadley

I mixed the dressing in a seperate bowl: lots of mayo, wasabi to taste, a few tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper and a couple drops of stevia.  I would say about 5 cups of cabbage to 1 cup of dressing is a good ratio to go with.  Of course I can’t say for sure because I seem to have an aversion to measuring anything exactly.

Wasabi dressing; light green and HOT!

The flash hot from the horseradish goes really well with the lightly spicy taste of the crunchy cabbage and the creamy mayo balances everything out.  Cabbage is a very cleansing food and wasabi is a great way to clear your stuffy sinuses and give your immune system a boost, no cold medicine necessary!

Wicked Good Wasabi Cole Slaw