It can be harder than it sounds to cut out pasta. I’ve tried and always go back to it, usually with disturbing effects that I won’t go into. I’m always on the hunt for alternatives that will keep me fuller for longer and I am especially a fan of something that actually tastes like pasta without the effects.Then Atlantic Kitchen offered to send me some of their seaweed products to review which they call, ‘sea spaghetti’.
Atlantic Kitchen believe there is a sea leaf to fit all tastes and are on a mission to prove this. Calling it the ‘superfood of the sea’ they source their seaweed as locally as possible and always by hand.
Seaweed is packed with vitamins and minerals and there is also some research to suggest it can absorb some of the fat in your diet. I’m not entirely sold on the idea but if there is a product out there that I can use like pasta that tastes just as good with added health benefits I’m sold.
You cook it just like pasta, boil in water and serve just like you would pasta. I tried the sea spaghetti with my Muscle Food hache steaks, plain and simple. No dressings, no seasoning. For me, it needs a dressing. It’s a little too ‘sea’ tasting for me although the texture is that of perfectly cooked al dente pasta.
The dried dulse seaweed can be eaten straight from the pack so I did just that. It is quite firm so almost crisp like but packed with iron and a healthy dose of protein so well worth the switch.
The wakame is much less intense with a taste not dissimilar to spinach. I’ve been using it as a side dish with a drizzle of oil and a sprinkle of salt. It is much more suited to my taste than the others.
I’ve enjoyed trying something new and the health benefits have been my biggest persuasion but they’re not quite enough to lure me away from pasta just yet. I’ll keep trying them though, I think some dressings and sauces are just what I need to make seaweed more palatable for me.
Have you tried seaweed? What is your favourite pasta substitute?