Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A public service announcement

I would like to preface this by saying I am not a fan of Hungry Girl, I think her "techniques" for cutting calories out are for the most part ridiculous and take any of the joy out of eating.

How ever, I agree with her on one thing and one thing alone: Shirataki noodles are a good thing.

Really, look at that nutritional information there. 4 ounces of noodles for only 20 calories. These are made with a root, similar to a yam, so you will often also hear these called yam noodles. My sister actually turned me on to them. She'd made them at home and her husband even liked them. Given my love of pasta and desire to not be the size of a blimp, I gave them a try over the last couple of nights.

First I made a beef stir fry that I tossed with a fettuccine shaped shirataki noodle. It was delicious. The noodles held up to the sauce well, and really didn't taste like anything except the stir fry. And according to my husband the left overs the next day were also good, the noodles didn't get soggy.

And last night I made a pasta carbonara with a spaghetti shaped noodle. This was also really good. The yellow you see in there is spaghetti squash, both mixed together well and were a great sub for regular pasta. The only thing is that the squash released more water then I was expecting and watered down our sauce. No biggie though, still tasted good.

I highly recommend trying Shirataki noodles yourself. The prep was easy and they subbed right into a few of our favorite dishes really well. I found mine in the refrigerator case at my local health food type of grocery store. Mine were the version combined with tofu. My sister had the straight yam noodles (which have no calories at all) and she found hers at her local Asian market.

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