How to make “Dulse Miso Soup”

Our favorite “Dulse Miso Soup”

How to make a Dulse Miso Soup
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Dulse, Miso, Soup, Starter
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 190kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut the Tofu into small Cubes.
  • Cut the Scallion into thin slices.
  • Put the Water in a Pot to boil. Reduce the Heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
  • Whisk the Yellow Miso Paste by pasting 1 tbsp at a time and allow to simmer for about 10 Minutes until well combined.
  • Taste the Soup between each adding until you achieve your desired Flavour.
  • After strain the Soup and dump the Solids.
  • Add the Onions and the Scallion and allow to simmer for about 5 Minutes.
  • Add the Tofu and the Dulse and simmer for about >3 Minutes.

Seaweed for Shoreline Protection

Example of natural Shoreline Protection

How to Stop Shoreline Erosion just by using barriers of Seaweed. There is no need to build fancy concrete walls, just use what mother nature gave us. This is sustainable and a pure natural shoreline protection during the wintertime and the spring storms to save the environment and to provide tourists a very nice beach time in Summer. In 2018 the Government of Denia (Spain) achieved an increase of 20% (!) dry beach Land. We love it!

Seaweed as an alternative to the global plastic pollution

 

The consequences of global plastic pollution have reached an alarming Level. Based on the latest available informations, 9 billion tonnes of plastics have been produced since the 1950s, creating 7 billion tonnes of waste. Plastic waste not only damages the environment and threaten animal life but also harms human populations.

One of the most dangerous elements of plastic waste is tiny pieces of debris known as micro plastics. Plastic waste is damaging the environment, mostly the ocean, and in much greater amounts than originally thought. A recent study shows the number of micro plastics has reached up to 51 trillion particles, or 236,000 metric tonnes, worldwide.

These very tiny particles end up in people’s stomachs via drinking water or eating seafood, which could present health risks. Various attempts to minimize plastic use have been introduced. One involves developing plastic materials, known as biodegradable plastics or bioplastics, that decompose naturally in the environment. Latest research aims to show how seaweed can be the best material for use in bioplastics.

However, it is almost impossible to stop plastic use.

So far, plastic is the most convenient and versatile material for various purposes and brings benefits to our lives. People’s continued dependency on plastic has encouraged the rise in the production of plastic now and in the future. The plastic industry is huge and is expected to continue expanding. In 2014, the plastic packaging industry was valued at US$270 billion and this is projected to increase to $375 billion by 2030.

One way to control plastic use is through recycling. However, things are not as easy as expected. Plastic products come in a hundred or more varieties. These variations are so huge that it is difficult to sort them out for the recycling process. But only about 9% of plastic waste is recycled. Around 12% is incinerated. The rest ends up mostly in landfills or the ocean.

Bioplastics offer us an alternative. The Material are commonly made from plants or bacteria and are more environmentally friendly as well as sustainable.

Why red seaweed for bioplastics?

The brilliant invention shows that red seaweed has a huge potential as an alternative material for bioplastics. Of course more research is needed to ensure that seaweed-based plastics can be applied to other plastic products. But in the future, we hope that seaweed-based plastics will be comparable with conventional plastics.

The materials commonly used to produce bioplastics are corn, sugarcane, vegetable oil and starch. However, using these ingredients for plastics has raised some concerns. First, the production of bioplastics requires a huge investment in the land, fertilizers and chemicals. Second, the use of these plants for plastics will trigger a competition between plants for food versus plants for plastics, which will lead to food price hikes and food crisis.

Red Seaweed is so far the best candidate for bioplastics as it manages to answer both of the challenges above. First, it is cheap. Unlike other terrestrial plants, seaweed can grow without fertilizers. It does not take up huge space on land as it grows offshore. By using seaweed for bioplastics, the production of agricultural commodities for food will remain intact, so no food price hikes nor food crisis will occur.

With its potential, red seaweed should play a key role in developing eco friendly-plastics from seaweed to fight the global plastic crisis. When water bottles or shopping bags from seaweed-based plastics become waste, we have nothing to worry about, as the waste will just go back to where it came from.

Photo Credit: Stefan Leijon

Why Vegans NEED Seaweed in Their Diet

5 Years ago our friends at OneGreenPlanet wrote up an article about why Seaweed is almost essential for a healthy Vegan Diet.

It’s green, a little slimy, and I admit it’s a bit scary, but seaweed is one food you need to stop fearing and start eating, my fellow veggie lovers! I remember exactly what went through my mind the first time someone told me seaweed was good for me.  “Are you kidding me? I’m not eating the same slime that I used to avoid as a kid while at the beach. No thanks!”  Then a few years later, I became a health nut and there was no ignoring the truth any longer. I knew I had to learn to love seaweed, especially since it’s practically a food group in a plant-based diet.

Since vegan eaters don’t eat fish, getting certain nutrients like omega-3s, iodine, Vitamin B12, calcium, and magnesium can sometimes be a bit challenging.  That’s where seaweed comes to the rescue! If you’re on the fence about seaweed or even scared of it like I was, here are some facts and recipes that will familiarize you with this foreign food and introduce you to its many benefits. Oh, and I promise, the taste actually grows on you!

The Most Popular Types of Edible Seaweeds

Seaweed is available in many different types, but here are some of the most common ones you’ll see at your health food store or online:

  • Spirulina: a deep sea green algae that contain more protein than any food on Earth.  One teaspoon of spirulina contains 150 percent of your daily Vitamin B12 requirements, 4 grams of protein, 80 percent of your daily iron requirements, and 880 percent of your daily Vitamin A content. It contains more chlorophyll than wheatgrass and is an amazing food for the brain, digestive system, heart, lungs, and liver. You can buy spirulina in powder or tablet form and it’s easy enough to toss into your next green smoothie or vegan superfood bar.
  • Agar-Agar: this seaweed is commonly used as a vegan baking aid, due to its thickening properties. Agar-agar is rich in fiber, iodine, and is sold in flake or solid form, though the flake form is usually less expensive and easier to use. It is light and almost white in color.
  • Kombu: a brown seaweed that increases digestion and is added to many soups or vegan bean dishes for this reason. Kombu also contains a zesty, salty taste that goes well in any savory dish. It may even help prevent weight gain due to a pigment it contains known as fucoxanthin. Fucoxanthin helps metabolize fats for energy instead of storing them as fat in your body.
  • Dulse: a green and slightly purple seaweed, dulse is one of my favorites! It is very light in taste but adds a lovely salty taste to any dish. You can use it in soups, stews, on salads, in dressings, and it even makes a lovely addition to smoothies where the salt helps bring out the flavor of ingredients like cacao.
  • Kelp: a green seaweed that is wonderful for the thyroid due to its high iodine levels. You may have heard of kelp noodles, which are zero calorie noodles that make a wonderful replacement to grain-based noodles. Though kelp contains little to no calories, it is still a nutritious seaweed to consume. Kelp is rich in magnesium, fiber, iodine, and may help keep you fuller longer than starchy foods rich in fiber like whole wheat noodles or bread. Kelp has even been linked to fat reduction and better digestion. Kelp is available in flake form, noodle form, and is commonly added to many superfood powders as well.
  • Hijiki: Need calcium? Eat more of this seaweed! It contains 14 times the calcium of milk and is rich in fiber. It does need to be soaked before you eat it, since it is tough in texture or you can simply use it in soups and stews to naturally soften it.
  • Wakame: This dark blue, almost black seaweed is rich in protein, magnesium, chlorophyll, iron, calcium, and zinc. Wakame can be used in flakes over a vegan Caesar salad or in a savory dish you choose.

The Benefits of Seaweed

Here are 10 amazing things seaweed can do for you and why it’s essential to a vegan diet:

  1. Provides the body with magnesium, zinc, Vitamin B12, biotin, and iron
  2. Just one gram of seaweed provides your entire day’s worth of iodine, a critical mineral for the thyroid.
  3. Increases hair and nail growth
  4. Clears the skin and enhances eyesight
  5. Improves mood by reducing anxiety and enhancing mental focus
  6. Prevents anemia and fatigue
  7. Cleanses the digestive tract
  8. Alkalizes the blood
  9. Prevents and treats sugar cravings
  10. May prevent depression

How to Use Seaweed

Still afraid of seaweed? Here are a few delicious recipe ideas to use seaweed in right now:

  1. Sprinkle dulse flakes on salads for a salty twist.
  2. Add kombu to a vegan soup.
  3. Make vegan “crab” cakes.
  4. Add it to this Mock tuna sandwich.
  5. Eat kelp via these Vegan Chili Thai Kelp Noodles.
  6. Use agar-agar to make this Almost Raw Panna Cotta Cream.

See how tasty that was? Do you eat seaweed? What’s your favorite kind?

What You Didn’t Know About Seaweed

Although seaweed may not seem like much at first glance, don’t be fooled—this marine plant has been highly coveted for thousands of years. Rich in nutrients, seaweed contains cancer-fighting compounds and trace minerals that is said to heal the body and rejuvenate the skin.

With the help of modern science, we are learning that seaweed is far more valuable than we originally thought. People from all across the globe are now looking to incorporate seaweed into their diets and skincare routines.

Don’t believe the hype? Here are five mind-blowing facts about seaweed that might change your mind:

#1: Ancient Greeks Used It For Healing Purposes
Long before we were putting seaweed in our skincare lines, the Ancient Greeks were using it in their heated baths to draw out toxins from the body and rejuvenate their skin. This was known as Thalassotherapy (Thalasso is Greek for ‘sea’) and the Greeks believed it could restore good health and cure illness.

Today, many spas still offer thalassotherapy and use seaweed in their treatments to rejuvenate the body and achieve glowing skin. Seaweed contains many beneficial trace minerals such as Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper, and Iodide, which can be absorbed through the skin and will keep it resilient and elastic.

#2: Most of the World’s Oxygen Comes From Seaweed
The next time you inhale deeply, you may want to say a silent thanks to seaweed for the glorious oxygen that fills your lungs. According to researchers, roughly 70% of oxygen in the world is produced by species including phytoplankton, kelp, and algal plankton.

Rainforests make up 28% of oxygen production, while 2% comes from other sources. Crazy, right? It’s one of many reasons to protect our oceans and keep them healthy. If you want to help this important cause, an easy way to do so is by supporting the Marine Conservation Institute!

#3: It’s Not Just For Mermaids!
Have you ever seen a mermaid with less than perfect skin? Of course not! That’s because mermaids are surrounded by one of the best organic skincare ingredients available today—seaweed! Seaweed is rich in vitamins and minerals that help keep your skin looking supple and radiant. The anti-inflammatory properties in seaweed can combat acne and alleviate symptoms of rosacea, while its abundance of antioxidants act as powerful anti-agers.

It’s no wonder why mermaids look forever young. If you want to steal their “trade secret” to ageless skin, you can Pre-order our Over Makeup Sunscreen Facial Mist, ZINC IT OVER™, which is Broad Spectrum, Cruelty Free & Vegan and contains all-natural ingredients, including a very special type of seaweed. Your skin will thank you and you will quickly see why it is the best Zinc sunscreen on the market!

#4: There Are Over 12,000 Species of Seaweeds
Seaweed doesn’t refer to a single plant—rather, it is a common name for thousands of marine plants and algae. Although it lacks a formal term, many group seaweed into three categories: red, green, and brown algae.

To date, scientists have discovered over 12,000 species of seaweed, many of which have valuable uses. As you now know, it’s an ingredient found in many of the best anti-aging products today and widely used for cosmetic purposes.

Seaweed is also considered a superfood and can provide you with many health benefits. From lowering your risk of breast cancer to fighting off deadly diseases, seaweed is essentially the kale of the sea. That is something we all can use, right?!

Be Healthy has even more amazing facts and figures about seaweed that will blow your mind. Check them out here!

#5: It Tastes Like Bacon!
Are you thinking about going meatless? We’ve got good news for you. Researchers at Oregon State University grew a strain of seaweed that tastes like bacon when it’s fried. Not only does it taste delicious, but this patented strain of seaweed has twice the nutritional value of kale. The discovery, made in 2015, has opened doors in the vegan and vegetarian market. This seaweed bacon is not just vegan-friendly, but also gluten-free, low carbohydrate, organic, and sustainable. We now have a delicious and healthy alternative to bacon, all thanks to seaweed!

Now that you know the vast benefits and uses of seaweed, how will you be utilizing it? Let us know in the comments!