Easy Quinoa Nori Rolls

How to get seaweed in your life without the fishy taste!

Easy Quinoa Nori Rolls + why seaweed is so awesome

Its no secret that I don’t eat seafood, I often say ‘if it lives in water, I don’t eat it!’ but thats only 90% true. I do eat seaweed occasionally and while I’m not totally in love on the flavour yet, I cannot deny the health perks!

What is Nori & why is it so awesome?

Nori is the Japanese name for edible seaweed species of the red algae genus Pyropia, including P. yezoensis and P. tenera. It is naturally loaded with skin-health boosting vitamins & minerals and has virtually no fat, carbs or protein making it a great nutrition source for those losing weight.

  • Vitamin A
    Ever wondered why the Japanese have such beautiful clear skin? The good fats & oily fish account for part of it, but frequently consuming nori & seaweed superfoods like Spirulina means they are getting loads of Vitamin A, which is important for maintaining skin & eye health.
  • Iodine
    Is an essential trace element that is vital for normal growth and development. It is important in the normal functioning of the thyroid gland and metabolism, as well as being a vital nutrient to watch during pregnancy. 
  • Vitamin C
    On average, Nori accounts for 10% of your daily vitamin C requirements in just one sheet. Since your body does not store Vitamin C, we need a constant source of it and when the citrus fruit is out of season, some of the best vitamin C sources are from the sea. Vitamin C is well documented in its anti-oxidant capacity to remove free radicals from the body and assists with the growth & repair of tissues.
  • Magnesium
    To a lesser extent but still worth noting, nori is a natural source of Magnesium, which is important in muscle function as well as regulating blood pressure & maintaining blood sugar.
  • Potassium
    Potassium counteracts the effects of sodium, which helps lower blood pressure. [1]

Other notable nutrients found in nori include; calcium iron, zinc & vitamin B12.

How do you eat Nori?

Growing up in the desert as an average Aussie kid hating fish & seafood, naturally, seaweed was also off my menu. But over the last few years I have experimented a bit with different ways of using accessible sea veggies like Spirulina and Nori and my two favourites are;

  • Adding a teeny tiny bit of powdered Spirulina to my green smoothies or in salad dressings
  • Shredding a sheet of nori into little squares and mixing into a salad
  • Making these yummy & satisfying quinoa nori rolls!

Easy, non ‘fishy’ seaweed rolls ideal for lunchboxes

As a non-lover of the fishy taste I pack my nori rolls with flavour so the seaweed is neutralised as much as I can and this recipe is my favourite combination of veg, but you can add veggies that take your fancy!

Enjoy this recipe? Please post your comments below!

Non-fishy Quinoa Nori Rolls

Prep Time20 minsCook Time10 minsCategory, , , ,

Ingredients:

 1 cup Cooked quinoa (I used tri-colour)
 ½ Lemon, or 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
 ½ Small cucumber, chopped into sticks
 ½ Avocado, sliced
 3 tbsp Tahini

Instructions:

1

Cook your quinoa according to packet directions, allow to cool slightly before stirring in lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and set aside. While the quinoa is cooking, chop your veggies.

2

On a sushi mat (if you have one, I just used my beeswax food wrap!), layout your nori roll and spread a thin layer of tahini at one end.

3

Spread a 1cm layer of quinoa over the whole sheet (not covering the tahini) Add a couple of veggie sticks & avocado (only a little of each!). Starting at the non-tahini end, use the mat to roll the nori as tightly as you can. Once you get to the end, use the tahini to help stick the roll together.

4

Gently slice the roll into thirds and serve with tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)!

NOTES
5

Other veggies you could try include red capsicum, asparagus, beansprouts or even snow peas!

Resources/further reading: 

  • Nori Nutrition Information [http://www.livestrong.com/article/328551-nori-nutrition-information/]
  • Encylopaedia of Food (Precision Nutrition) [http://www.precisionnutrition.com/encyclopedia/food/nori/]

Ingredients

 1 cup Cooked quinoa (I used tri-colour)
 ½ Lemon, or 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
 ½ Small cucumber, chopped into sticks
 ½ Avocado, sliced
 3 tbsp Tahini

Directions

1

Cook your quinoa according to packet directions, allow to cool slightly before stirring in lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and set aside. While the quinoa is cooking, chop your veggies.

2

On a sushi mat (if you have one, I just used my beeswax food wrap!), layout your nori roll and spread a thin layer of tahini at one end.

3

Spread a 1cm layer of quinoa over the whole sheet (not covering the tahini) Add a couple of veggie sticks & avocado (only a little of each!). Starting at the non-tahini end, use the mat to roll the nori as tightly as you can. Once you get to the end, use the tahini to help stick the roll together.

4

Gently slice the roll into thirds and serve with tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)!

NOTES
5

Other veggies you could try include red capsicum, asparagus, beansprouts or even snow peas!

Easy Quinoa Nori Rolls
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