Ever heard of nori? Well, it’s a type of seaweed, but don’t worry, it doesn’t smell or even taste “fishy”; rather, it has a savoury, slightly salty bite to it. Nori, like other ocean veggies, is low in calories and is rich in iodine, a mineral vital for thyroid- and metabolism function, and in vitamin B12, fibre and omega 3s. The papery sheets, available at any health food store, also make a great substitute for tortilla wraps. Fill with whatever veggies and spreads you have on hand—hummus, baba ghannoush, tahini, almond butter, mashed sweet potato or butternut squash, and/or avocado make great “base” layers. Add leftover cooked grains (brown rice, brown rice couscous, quinoa, etc.) to make them even more substantial.
Eat a couple for a snack or a few for a meal—they’re basically salad wrapped in seaweed!
Here are ingredient suggestions, and make sure to check out this great how-to video. However, no matter what fillings you choose, as long as you like them, you can’t go wrong!
- 1 nori sheet
- 2 Tbs hummus
- A few avocado slices (about 1/8 avocado)
- A few thin slices each carrot, cucumber and bell pepper
- 1 big lettuce leaf or a few baby leaves
- Lay sheet of nori lengthwise.
- Spread with hummus, leaving a ¼ inch border.
- Along bottom third of nori sheet (closest to you), layer avocado, veggies and lettuce.
- Roll up from bottom end. If desired, cut in half with a serrated knife (or tuck in one end and eat whole). Don’t fuss if it’s messy!
- These are flavourful on their own, but if desired, dip in a sauce of tamari, toasted sesame oil, minced ginger and rice vinegar.
Other filling ideas: mushrooms, sprouts, radishes, green onion, tomato, mango, zucchini, fresh herbs