A new recipe on my paleo blog – even though I am not sure if we could call this a proper recipe. Why? Simply because it is so fast an easy and that’s why I consider this post rather a rough guideline or some kind of inspiration to customize my beloved low-carb nori wraps to your taste, the ingredients you have in your fridge or to whatever might fit your style of nutrition and macros.
Taste. Availability. Nutrition.
Three keywords which break down why exactly I love making nori wraps in general:
- Great taste.
Nori wraps are super customizable – whether you make them on your own for a snack or dinner, or if you want to host a dinner with friends and prepare individual fillings for your guest and everyone can customize them to their liking. I already hosted get togethers where I would provide both – an array of toppings as well as your usual corn flour tortillas (for guests) but chose nori sheets for my own wraps. All in line with everyone’s own personal taste.
2. Short-term availability
Nori wraps make perfect sense as you can use it in many ways and venture out in the most amazing flavor directions – why not get creative with leftovers. I often use up salad or raw veggies with a quick and easy nori snack. Or cook up some chicken in my slow cooker before it turns bad to fill nori sheets with it.
3. Superfood nutrition
Despite it’s clear that lean chicken breast and an abundance of veggies are full of healthy protein and fiber, the nori sheets themselves can be considered as superfoods with a bunch of benefits for our body and overall heatlh:
Nori’s general wealth of nutrients benefit ranges from the digestive regularity provided by the fiber, to its natural anticoagulant properties that may protect you from blood clots and stroke. The folic acid in nori is considered to play an important role in the neural tube development in the first trimester of pregnancy – just make sure to replace your sushi’s raw fish choices with veggies or meat, ladies. The seaweed also contains chemicals and acids that may prevent you from developing high cholesterol, which reduces your general risk of heart disease and gallstones. And last, but not least the the magnesium content of nori controls inflammation in the body and manage the migraine headaches frequences for many people.
So I hope the following “recipe” for my go-to chicken nori roll bulked with crunchy veg will inspire you to get creative and get rolling.
By the way, I buy my nori rolls in my local Asian food store, as they sell great quality sushi nori for only around 3€/$3.5 for 10 sheets – including a bunch of delicious international stuffing inspiration, e.g. bok choi, plantains or seafood.
〰 PALEO 〰 SUGAR-FREE 〰 GRAIN-FREE 〰 LOW-CARB 〰 DAIRY-FREE 〰 GLUTEN-FREE 〰
Low-Carb Chicken Nori Wraps
My tip for an even quicker assembly – keep shredded pre-cooked chicken in your fridge to simply add lean protein to your wrap.
- 1/2 cup shredded chicken breast
- 3 nori sheets
- 1 cup romaine leaves
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/2 seared mushrooms
- 1-2 tsp pesto/ cream cheese
- sriracha (optional)
- Spread the nori sheets with pesto to soften the seaweed fibers slightly. This will make the roll-up process way easier.
- Turn the wrap horizontally and start assembling, by placing your fillingson one of the shorter ends of the sheet (see picture below).
- Stack up the greens and veggies, plus your desired amount of chicken and add sriracha (or other condiments), if desired.
- It’s time to wrap it up- start on the filled end of the sheet and simply roll away and keep the roll quite tight.
- Cut the nori wrap in half and serve.