My confession: Unless it's wrapped around some rice, I really don't enjoy eating seaweed. I have tried so many times to find a way to incorporate it into my daily diet that doesn't make me gag that I now possess a massive unused collection of different varieties of seaweed. This dried hoard of the sea takes up an awful lot of my precious little cupboard space, but I just can't bring myself to toss out. My anti-wasteful conditioning rearing its head.
But a few weeks ago, I came across in my local organic shop an intriguing little pot of "seaweed tartare" condiment. Still pursuing my dream of daily seaweed consumption, I bravely but with some trepidation purchased the little pot. Upon arriving home, I grasped a spoon, opened the jar, and prepared myself to be disappointed (aka gag) once again. Lo and behold, food heaven! Utter amazement filled me. How had someone managed to turn seaweed into one of the most delicious things I'd ever tasted?
Fortunately, things like this also come with an ingredients list on the label. After some playing around--and some improvements on the original--I can proudly say I now own the recipe for the most delicious seaweed creation around. Spread it on oat cakes, mix it with olive oil for a salad dressing, serve with salmon, or just eat by the spoonful like me.
Now might come the point in the story where you wonder, "Why in the world does this crazy lady want to eat seaweed every day?" Well, I'll tell you. Seaweed is really the only excellent source in the world of natural, food-state iodine. (Table salt is often iodized to fortify it with inorganic iodine, but yuck, I don't want table salt in my body!) Iodine is essential to proper thyroid function, and one of the thyroid's functions is to govern metabolism. Lots of people have slightly underactive thyroids simply due to lack iodine, which means fatigue, weight gain, poor immunity, and generally feeling run down. And I didn't want to be one of these people, particularly since I have a recent history of being exactly one of these people! In fact, I have a niggling suspicion that one of the reasons why people over-consume cheese is for the iodine it contains--but you have to eat a lot of cheese to get enough! Conversely, one serving of this seagreens tartare recipe (1 tablespoon) packs 10x the daily RDA of iodine. Bring it on!
It also keeps for quite a while in the fridge (probably up to a month), so it's the perfect thing to make up in a big batch and then keep on hand for all your seaweed-related emergencies. Or charcuterie boards.