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Sesame Carrots & Kelp

Serves 4


2 strips of kelp, approximately 5" long
¾ cup water
4 medium carrots
1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp roasted sesame seeds for garnish
½ tsp mirin (optional)


1. Soak the kelp in the water for 5 to 10 minutes until soft. Then simmer for 20 minutes or pressure cook for 10 minutes in the same water. Set aside.

2. Slice carrots on the diagonal to about ¼" thick or less. Slice the kelp into thin strips or into diamond shapes.

3. Heat a heavy skillet. Add the oil, carrots, and mirin. Sauté for about 5 minutes.

4. Add the sliced kelp and kelp cooking water to the carrots. Cover and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until both the carrots and the kelp are tender (and all the water is evaporated).

5. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Garnish with roasted sesame seeds.

Per Serving: Calories 72, Protein 1 g, Carbohydrates 9 g, Fiber 3 g, Calcium 52 mg, Sodium 144 mg


Add some fresh or dried shiitake mushrooms, or try a colorful combination of five seasonal vegetables such as onions, carrots, delicata squash, celery, burdock, turnip, or cabbage.

Add spices like garlic and ginger. For an even spicier version, add chile pepper and garnish with chopped cilantro to balance the heat.

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