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Shirataki Noodles

Friday, September 20, 2019

Shirataki or miracle noodles, are low or no carb noodles made from konjac flour. Some brands may have a little of another flour or starch. They are very low in calories, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, vegan, and kosher. They come packed in water. I also find them to be, unfortunately, completely tasteless.

You don't think of the pasta itself adding a lot of flavor to pasta dishes, but it does! I love me some carbs, lol. But like a lot of people I have to watch my carbohydrate intake, because it adversely affects my blood sugar. Shirataki noodles can help with that, and studies have shown they have other health benefits, as well.

When I first tried shirataki noodles, I dismissed them because of the lack of flavor. That was a mistake, because they are a great for adding bulk to meals without adding a lot of calories or carbs. You can use them to extend pasta or rice without a big loss of flavor, or to flesh out low carb dishes that don't use grain products. They're very versatile and easy to use. Play around with how much shirataki you can add, and still love the taste of the food.

One thing I've really missed on a low carb diet is spaghetti! So after rediscovering shirataki products, this is one way I've been using them. I cook up a small amount of ordinary thin spaghetti, and mix it 50/50 with shirataki spaghetti. You can adjust the ratio depending on your tastes and dietary needs. I cook spaghetti "sauce" but cram it full of vegetables; so many veggies that it's more like a casserole. I use a mixture of whatever frozen or fresh veggies I have on hand. Mushrooms, eggplant, bell peppers, zucchini, broccoli, onions, tomatoes, and carrots are some I've used. I add meat and cheese for flavor, but if you're not into that just leave it out. I give myself a smaller serving of spaghetti than I would have in the past, and it's already mixed with shirataki so it's less carbs. Then I pile on the tomato sauce vegetable mix! The overall flavor is still much like the spaghetti dishes I've had in the past.

So if you haven't tried shirataki noodles, they are worth a look. I see there are a lot of recipes here on SparkPeople. I'm not that into recipes myself; I just add it to stuff I already make and see what happens, lol. Even if you don't need to watch carbs, you can use it to extend rice or pasta and drastically reduce calories.
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    I love them -- just have to be sure to rinse them well before using. But it really helped me get over missing spaghetti. Your idea of mixing 50/50 is a good one! Honestly never thought of doing that.
    51 days ago
    53 days ago
    I have not tried them but have heard a lot about them. I'm not a pasta person.
    53 days ago
  • READY201811
    Never heard of them before but worth checking out! Always love what I learn from this site
    53 days ago
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