Nori – The Easy Way

Nori Wraps

Nori is probably most commonly known as that little black wrapper that holds sushi rolls together.  But it’s not just a handy wrapper for your sushi, it’s actually another sea vegetable that is packed with all kinds of good stuff like iodine, vitamin K, a wide range of minerals, protein and lignans (cancer protecting plant compounds).   

I do like sushi, but have been slightly intimidated to try it at home, and now thanks to some inspiration from this recipe at Domino Magazine, I have found a quick and easy way to get a little more sea veggies into my diet. 

Instead of using a sheet of nori to roll everything up into a neat, little, cylinder shape, this method uses a big leaf of romaine to hold everything together and puts the nori on the inside.  The nori is first smeared with a miso paste and then used to line the romaine before piling on lots of other veggies and sprouts,  so you end up with more of a wrap (or a taco depending on how full you make it) than the traditional roll.  In the wrap pictured above I used a favorite Sweet White Miso with carrots, sprouts, avocado, scallions, and a dash of cayenne pepper. It was not only quick, but delicious and satisfying too.

Sea veggies like nori can also make a great addition to salads and soups boosting the nutritional value and adding a natural salty flavor.  To learn more about other sea vegetables check out this great primer from a co-op in California.  

Posted in Chew On This,Recipes by Liz on April 3, 2008 | Permalink | No Comments

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