Teriyaki Kelp and Zucchini Noodles

Summer is officially here!!  And if you live in Portland, OR without air conditioning that means that you will have no desire to turn on your oven or stove for the next several months.  My house can be terrifyingly hot during the day, sapping much of my desire to get creative in the kitchen.  With that in mind, I thought I'd share a recipe today that requires no cooking whatsoever. 

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I haven't really done much with kelp noodles in the past.  I've tried other healthy noodle substitutes that didn't impress me and, honestly, I feel like nothing can replace a delicious bowl of spaghetti.  But when I saw these kelp-based noodles on sale at the health food store I decided to give them a shot.  I think a weekend spent eating fried food and drinking beer in Seattle had something to do with my decision to live a bit more virtuously this week.

Honestly, I'm pretty happy with how these turned out!  I rinsed them in hot water and found that they have a slight crispness to them that I kind of liked.  Given that I used them in a raw bowl with veggies, I think the texture was actually perfect.  Kelp noodles are a good source of iodine and the Sea Tangle brand I bought also has a decent amount of calcium.  Nutrition-wise, though, they don't contain much else at only 6 calories per serving.  That's why, I added plenty of chickpeas, seeds, and dressing to my bowl!

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Teriyaki Kelp and Zucchini Noodles
serves 1

Ingredients
- 1/2 package Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles
- 1 small zucchini
- 1/2 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 Tbsp store-bought Teriyaki sauce (more to taste if desired)
- 2 Tbsp pepitas
- 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil

Place kelp noodles in a colander and rinse with hot water.  Separate them with your fingers, cut shorter if needed, and place in a large bowl.

Make zucchini noodles using a spiralizer.  You can also use a mandolin to make matchsticks or a vegetable peeler to make long, ribbon shaped noodles.  Add zucchini to the bowl with the kelp noodles.  Toss all noodles with teriyaki sauce.  

Add remaining ingredients and enjoy!!