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NUTRITIOUS SEAWEED SALAD

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Wakame Salad

In honor of the courageous people of Japan, I wanted to feature a seaweed salad. It is said that Japanese people have eaten sea vegetables for more than 10,000 years.

Most seaweed, because it comes from the ocean offers the broadest spectrum of minerals of any food. It also contain a large range of amino acids and numerous trace minerals like zinc, chromium, tin, boron, and bismuth, that are largely non-existent in today’s food. Seaweed is a food that is also rich in lignans, which are known to help protect against cancer and inflammation.

This being said, seaweed is a bit of an acquired taste. My first encounter was with sushi, but when I discovered this salad, it was both amazing and a little intense. Now, I love it. I can feel the minerals being absorbed by my body as I eat it. Forget popping mineral tablets, go for the seaweed salad instead! There is nothing better than eating foods in their wholesome symbiotic natural state. No drug can ever reproduce that without messing up something else in the process! That is one of the biggest problem of Western medicine/pharmaceuticals drugs and all of their harmful side effects. That is from the patient standpoint and not so much for the drug companies because they have to keep on producing more drugs to fix new problems the previous drug created! Come to think of it, is rather crafty!

INGREDIENTS:
  3/4 oz. dried wakame seaweed
  1 tbsp. sesame oil
  1 tbsp. soy sauce
  1 tsp. sugar
  1 tsp. ground white sesame seeds
  1 tsp freshly grated ginger (optional)
  Garlic (optional)

WASHING THE SEAWEED:
Dried wakame is preserved in salted water (see photo below). Because of it, it looks a little greyish. So you will need to soak the seaweed in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes or more until it is soft. Drain, then squeeze out excess water. Wash wakame under cold water well and drain. If wakame is uncut, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips. The thinner the better because the rehydrated seaweed will have a chewing quality to it but you don’t want too much of it.

A loving thought for Japan

PUTTING IT TOGETHER
Combine all the ingredients and lowly add the sesame oil. Whisk dressing together and add  to the seaweed.Mix well and chill for an hour

NUTRITIONAL VALUE per serving:
Wakame is a good source of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese.

Here is the breakdown:
   15.0mg Calcium
   10.7mg Magnesium
   36.0 of IU vitamin A
   19.6 mcg folate
   1.4mg choline
   18.8 mgTotal Omega-3 fatty acids 

NOTE: Because it comes from the ocean, wakame is high in sodium, so if you have high blood pressure, consume small amounts. Washing it well, will remove a good part of the salt.

Wakame package

This is what the package I use looks like, but there are other brands available. You can buy it at natural food stores or an Asian grocery stores (at a cheaper price).

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As a vegan chef, cooking instructor and food consultant, I am blessed to share my passion for international flavors, a compassionate world, optimal health and healing. You can't have one without the others because they are all interconnected. My culinary journey started in the South of France where I was born, then took me through Europe, onto America, then Asia and South America. I grew up eating delicious rich food my grandmother made (think creamy white and wine sauces) and fresh Mediterranean dishes my mother prepared. My family was by no mean vegetarian or vegan but we weren’t big meat eaters either. This being said, I must confess that I have had my fair share of strange things being served as food as I grew up! But I soon came to realize that it was the sauces, the marinade that tasted so good and that they could have just as well been poured over bread or tofu and it would have been just as good. You know how certain songs bring back a memory of where you were and who you were with when you heard them? Well, I seem to have a memory of food attached to pretty much every place and profound moment I have experienced in my life. It was the way love was shared and cherished all through my life so I am continuing the tradition! But the love is even more healing when there is no pain and sufferings attached to it. Be vegan, it is good for your health and the only sustainable diet for the planet.
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