Seaweed is one of the purest foods anyone has ever experienced. If you ever thought that seaweed was only for the Japanese, think again. Seaweed is the perfect food for anyone and everyone on this planet. We’ve been steered in the wrong direction in the West to think that the FDA or Kraft should be responsible for the bulk of what we eat. I now believe that human beings are innately good, because how else could we have been so gullible and led so far astray? We generally believe that we should trust and the media takes advantage of this. I will tell you right now that the food of the Earth, in all its purest forms, is the only food we would ever truly need. Seaweed is a perfect representation of what I mean.
Perhaps the most delicious and now detrimental foods that most of us love is pasta. So sad that your basic pasta, even if it is whole wheat, basically turns to a moldy, gluey mess in your intestines. Do you love pasta like I do, and miss it on the journey toward great health? Before you go running to Kraft begging them the create a healthy pasta, which is impossible in a laboratory, I urge you to consider your healthy and just-as-delicious alternatives already available care of Mother Earth…
I love Zucchini noodles as an alternative, but even more do I love seaweed! At Planet Raw in Santa Monica, California; you can indulge in the “cheeziest” and creamiest Cheezy Kelp Pasta. Kelp pasta is actually a pale yellow/tan color, much like semolina pasta. Another great alternative is Arame. Let dried Arame soak anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours or more. This delicious and hearty seaweed, when soaked, ends up more “al dente” in texture than the Kelp pasta. The dark color of Arame is reminiscent of Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia (Black Squid Ink Pasta), which I find a pleasing color contrast under a creamy blanket of Cashew Alfredo Sauce and raw crunchy cauliflower. Throw some bright green finely chopped parsley and confetti specks of a ground peppercorn blend on top of that, and you’ve got a glorious banquet of textures and taste sensations!
Amiable Arame Alfredo
*Soak enough Arame so that each diner gets at least half a cup. One package of 1.76 Oz. or 50 Grams will give you about 4 -7 servings.
*Break up enough fresh, raw and organic cauliflower so that each serving of arame is topped with a bit over a 1/4 cup. Make sure the pieces are quite small – about half of what you would consider bite-sized.
To make the sauce, blend the following in your blender/Vitamix…
1 cup of soaked raw cashews, or macadamia nuts
1/4 cup of EVOO
1 Tbsp of Miso (I used the Barley Miso for this and it was knock-out!)
1 small garlic clove, rough chopped
Juice of half a lemon
1 1/2 Tbsp of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1/2 cup of pure water
Few pinches of Celtic Sea Salt to taste (savory is good because nothing else in the dish is salted, but do this to your liking and remember that guests can always add more salt if they like)
Place a mound of Arame in the middle of your plate. Press the mound down slightly and top with the cauliflower, like eggs in a bird’s nest. Spoon enough of the creamy sauce onto the top so that it rolls onto the sides. Add chopped herbs like parsley, basil, or dill and only fresh ground pepper.
Buon Appetito and ENJOY!
(for another article about seaweed, go here.)