Okay, so furikake is Japanese rice seasoning! (pronounced fu-ree-kah-kay)
The MoFo prompt for today is to focus on a specific nutrient.
I decided to go with one that not many people think about on a daily basis:
Iodine is an essential nutrient found in seaweed, fish, potato and iodized salts. It is essential for proper thyroid function. I always take vitamin supplements, but I also try to consume nutrients from natural sources as much as possible. Seaweed is not only delicious, but rich in iodine so you will never have to worry!
Furikake is a mixture of dried food that you sprinkle over rice or anything bland to give it flavor. When I was a kid, I used to eat a fish flavored furikake. Most conventional seasoning blends have fish or egg in them. I’ve found a flavor blend that is vegan and it’s great, but I’ve always wanted to make my own with ingredients that I prefer.
Making furikake was way more simple than I thought. All I had to do was blend all the dry ingredients that I wanted together in my Vitamix. I think a food processor would have worked well too. I tried to make my seasoning blend a little more unique and healthful by adding dehydrated raw kale and raw hemp seeds, among other tasty things!
Essential ingredients for furikake are generally: salt, sugar, sesame seed (black and/or white), and nori (toasted seaweed). This alone is quite delicious, but I like to complicate things! 😉
Here is my recipe for furikake. It will last quite a while. Add a sprinkle a day on your rice, salad, sandwich, pasta, or whatever you like to give yourself a daily dose of iodine and other tasty nutrients! Also, enjoy the fact that this doesn’t contain any MSG, animal products, or preservatives. ❤
Homemade Vegan Furikake
Yield: about 3.5 oz
Free of: Nuts, Gluten, Refined Sugar
- 3 Tb black sesame seeds
- 3 Tb white sesame seeds (or all white/black if you don’t mind color monotony)
- 1 tsp coarse salt
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- 1 sheet of toasted nori, ripped into pieces (for easier blending/processing)
- 1 Tb crushed dehydrated kale (if you buy/make kale chips, use those and snack on the excess!)
- 2 tsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp raw hemp seeds
- Put all ingredients except the sesame seeds in a blender/food processor.
- Pulse until all ingredients are chopped finely but not pulverized. You still want each ingredient to be visible.
- Pour the blended contents into a bowl.
- Stir in your sesame seeds to incorporate.
- Place the completed mixture into a serving vessel/shaker for later use. Keep in a cool, dry place.
- Sprinkle on anything and everything! ^_^