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What are Shirataki Noodles?

Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Entrees | 0 comments

What are Shirataki Noodles?
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Shirataki Noodles….Are they good to eat?

The quick answer YES.

2 Top Benefits to Shirataki Noodles:

1.) A Healthy Alternative to Pasta

Pasta dishes are usually  high in calories and carbohydrates, and low in fiber – recipe for blood sugar chaos and weight gain. So what do you do when you need a noodle fix? Make some shirataki noodles!

2.) Fiber

Shirataki noodles contain a mere 20 calories and 3 g of carbohydrates per serving and some brands (depending on if they are tofu or konjac root based) provide up to 12 grams of fiber! With nutrition statistics this great, you can eat shirataki noodles every day without worrying about your waistline!

Preparing Shirataki Noodles

The trick to enjoying shirataki noodles is to thoroughly rinse and dry them.  To get a firmer texture, cook the noodles for a minute in the microwave or if you are like me and don’t have a microwave, simply boiling them for a minute. After the minute, dry the noodles once more. They can be added to stir-fries, salads, casseroles, soups…or try this Pad Thai recipe:

Pad Thai

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages shirataki noodles
  • 1 package or organic firm Tofu (want organic to ensure it not GMO soy)1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 pepper sliced (colour your choice),
  • 5 sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes (optional)

Sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 cup crushed peanuts and lime for garnish

Directions

  1. Cut the Tofu into cubes. Take 1-2 tbsp of the sauce and place in the pan with the garlic and ginger. Add the tofu.
  2. Stir-Fry for about 5 minutes. Add all of the peppers and the mushrooms. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. add the drained Shirataki noodles
  4. Separately, while the tofu and vegetables are cooking, combine the soy sauce, peanut butter, water and red pepper paste. Pour the sauce over the noodles and tofu. Add the vinegar and brown sugar and toss it all together. Allow the sauce to heat through. Remove from the heat.  Top with peanuts, a squeeze of lime and serve.

Enjoy!!

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