Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Birthday Noodles for Laura: Sauteed Salmon and Cabbage with Kelp Noodles

Happy birthday, Laura! Since I'm not there to celebrate your birthday with you, I'll send you lots of love and a recipe in your honor. It's not a snack designed to keep your blood sugars even, but it works as a delicious meal that will satisfy you without that post-meal crash. I'm guessing you might not have stevia at home, but it's a great sweetener to have on hand (you'll get used to the taste pretty quickly) that doesn't raise your blood sugar. And in my opinion, it works better in savory dishes than sweet!

Salmon + cabbage + kelp noodles = A meal that will satisfy you AND make your body feel good.

Sauteed Salmon and Cabbage with Kelp Noodles

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 pound salmon
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/8 teaspoon powdered stevia
1/4 cup water
1/2 head of green cabbage, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
2 ounces kelp noodles
Mixed sea vegetables (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

  1. Heat olive oil in large pan on medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add salmon, skin down. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste on top of the salmon. Let cook for a minute before turning heat down to medium.
  2. Stir the stevia into the water and add to the pan. Add the cabbage, garlic and ginger. Add a sprinkling more of salt and pepper, and stir the cabbage around to mix in the garlic and ginger. It will likely cover the salmon, but that's fine. 
  3. Cover the pan and leave the salmon in until cooked. This will depend on the thickness of your salmon. Mine took 10 minutes. When the salmon is pink all the way through and just beginning to flake, it's done. 
  4. Every couple of minutes, take the top off the pan and stir the cabbage around to keep it from burning. It can get a little browned on the bottom though. It adds great flavor!
  5. In the meantime, rinse off half a container of kelp noodles (2 ounces) and a small handful of mixed sea vegetables. The sea vegetables can be VERY salty so rinse really well. When you have a few minutes left for the salmon to cook, add the kelp noodles and sea vegetables to the pan, stir and put the top back on. 
  6. Once the salmon is cooked through, take off the heat and serve. 
Serves 2-4 (depending on how hungry you are...this usually only lasts me two meals)


Laura said...

You're the best, Iris! I was just going to ask where to get kelp noodles when I noticed the link. Looking forward to trying it out. Thanks for the happy wishes!

Alisa said...

That looks like the perfect feel good meal. I wish my husband liked cooked salmon!

I adored those kelp noodles, but haven't bought them in ages. I need to get on that.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I've been wanting to try kelp noodles. Do you always order online or do you also find them in stores? This sounds tasty and like Alisa says, "feel good".

Iris said...

Alta, I get them at our local co-op or make a special trip to the Asian grocery store. I would try that first before spending money on shipping. :)


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