Miracle Noodles – Pasta without the Guilt!
I love pasta. One of my favorite things to do is slurp down a big bowl of Pad Thai and savor that nutty, savory flavor infusion.
Spaghetti with meatballs and red sauce. Yup, love that too.
But with the huge amount of carbs in those dishes and the ensuing spike of insulin and the fact that I eat relatively low carb these days, I don’t often eat some of my favorite dishes. In fact, it’s only about twice a year when I allow myself the treat of gorging on a huge pile of noodles. And then it’s gluten free noodles at that.
If you too love pasta and all the many dishes that one can make from these tubes and strings of goodness, but feel guilty about eating all the carbs and calories, then you’re in luck.
These noodles, called Shirataki Noodles are making their way to grocery stores everywhere (I find mine in the dairy section, as they’re kept cold and sold in bags filled with liquid).
Not only are Shirataki Noodles satisfying for those eschewing pasta, they’re gluten free, grain free and get this, Calorie Free!
Yes, you heard that right. You can eat as many bags of these things as you want and they don’t cost you any of your daily caloric count. Nada.
They’re made from yam flour that is considered a resistant stach, aka indigestible fiber. So not only are these calorie free, but they contain a form of fiber that feeds our beneficial gut bacteria, is said to reduce cholesterol, inhibits carbohydrate absorption and lowers blood sugar.
The soluble fiber contained in these noodles is called glucomannan. They can help you to lose weight and improve your health. This type of fiber also keeps you fuller for longer which can help to reduce craving and snacking. They can even reduce fat and protein absorption which is highly beneficial if you sometimes consume excessive calories.
But how do they taste? A noodle made from calorie free fiber and nothing else?
I have tried them as a pasta dish with meatballs and red sauce and as a stir fry with ginger, turmeric and veggies. And they are awesome! They totally hit the spot and cure my craving for pasta.
This is the best way to cook these noodles:
- Drain the noodles and then using a strainer, wash them well under running water.
- Place them in a pot of boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes. This helps to remove the unpleasant odor
- Drain the noodles and place in a hot pan. Cook them for about 10 minutes on medium-high heat. You want to try to remove as much moisture as possible without drying them out.
That’s all there is to it!
Go grab a bag of these and try them out.
You can read a very well put together article on them here.