As a Friday treat of a tasty, healthy and filling dish, why not try today or this weekend another of Marlene Watson-Tara’s great recipes.

Macro Paella with Seaweed Nutrition

Marlene’s Macro Paella


½ tsp Saffron Threads

1 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves crushed garlic

1 onion, finely chopped

¼ tsp. Hebridean Ascophyllum Seaweed

2 tomatoes, finely chopped

1 red pepper/yellow pepper/green pepper, deseeded and finely chopped

1 handful fresh green beans finely chopped

4 cups Clearspring miso bouillon or organic vegetable stock

1 pack tempeh, seitan or tofu cut into small cubes (if desired)

2 tbsp tamari or shoyu

Lemon Wedges

2 cups paella rice or long grain brown rice


Soak the saffron threads in a bowl of water and set off to the side. In a large paella pan heat the olive oil and add the garlic, onion, seaweed and tomatoes and sauté until soft.   Add the sweet peppers, green beans, and cover with the bouillon stock. Add the tamari and leave to simmer at a low heat for 30 minutes or more until the vegetables are al dente, soft to the bite, adding more water if necessary.  If you are adding any vegetable protein heat some olive oil in a pan and fry the tempeh, seitan or tofu slices on either side for a few minutes until golden, remove and set aside.

Add the rice one handful at a time along with the (tempeh, seitan or tofu) if using and then add the saffron threads and the soaking water adding some more water if required. Cover with some foil and simmer for half an hour until the rice is also soft to the bite. Serve with lemon wedges on the side of the pan.

About Seaweed Nutrition

Even just a small amount of Hebridean Ascophyllum Seaweed, such as the 1/4 tsp in this recipe, provides enough of the amazing seaweed nutrition to really boost a dish.  This is particularly the case for iodine, as our seaweed provides a good, safe natural source of iodine which is needed for a healthy metabolism, cognitive function, development in children, thyroid function, nervous system and healthy skin.

Some seaweeds provide less iodine, and some way way more.  The high levels of iodine can, for some, be an issue, and so it is very important to know the source and supply of seaweed (as with any food), is good quality and well understood.

Seaweed & Co. measure iodine levels on every batch using independent UKAS accredited laboratories, which allows us to standardise iodine on our specifcations.  We have also been activity involved in research with Glasgow University which aimed to understand how seaweed and iodine labelling is undertaken.  The research concluded that seaweed nutrition offers many benefits, specifically with iodine, but some products could improve labelling of the type of seaweed and the iodine levels.

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For more of Marlene’s amazing recipes, have a look at her recipe book