Eating sea vegetables is a great habit to get into. They deliver concentrated nutrition. That is, a high percentage of micronutrients in relation to number of calories. Compare that to say, a bag of Doritoes which provides little to no nutritional value with a whole lot of calories.
Nori is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which we all need more of (see my article here). It’s also great for the skin and reduces inflammation.
Nori is also a great source of iron, iodine, and vegetable protein.
Over the years, I’ve slowly phased grains out of my diet. First I went gluten-free and that relieved a lot of digestive issues. Then about a year ago, I eliminated grains completely. Although I don’t miss bread at all (ok, maybe pizza crust a little bit!) I do miss the convenience of easy-travel foods like sandwiches and wraps.
I created this recipe for Turkey-Ranch Nori Wraps so that I could still have an easily packable lunch or picnic, but I didn’t count on them being so delicious, too! And I feel so good about getting more sea vegetables into my diet.
I find that toasted nori is surprisingly easy to work with and is far less crumbly than wheat wraps. Try them for yourself!
Turkey Ranch Nori wraps
2 sheets toasted nori (buy here)
2-3 tablespoons homemade ranch dressing
1 carrot, grated
2 radishes, cut into matchsticks
1/2 avocado, chopped
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
sprouts or thinly sliced greens
Place the 2 nori sheets side by side on a clean, dry surface. Lay 2 slices of turkey in the center of each nori sheet. Spread the ranch over each slice of turkey. Split the carrot, radish, avocado, cheese and sprouts between each wrap, piling atop the turkey. Carefully fold one corner over the pile of fillings (just like they do at Chipotle, but gentler). Then fold both side corners in, trying to tuck them neatly into the first. Roll and fold the final corner in and secure it by wetting it with a little bit of water and holding it in place for a moment. Repeat with the second wrap. Even if all the corners don’t tuck in just so, the nori does a great job of holding together.
I’d love to know how you like using nori in this way. Leave me a comment!
This post is linked to Fat Tuesday at Real Food Forager.