Thursday, January 24, 2013

Low Carb Shirataki Noodles

Macaroni Tofu Shirataki Noodles from Safeway. Grain free and low carb!
I was able to find these Shirataki Noodles at my local Safeway. They have next to no calories (20 per half a package) and only 3 grams of carbs. Compared to regular pasta that could have up to 300 calories and 60 grams of carbs per serving. That's crazy. I haven't looked in the Asian markets yet but they likely carry them there as well. 

Shiratake noodles are made from the root of a plant (Amorphophallus Konjac) found in Asia. They add tofu to the noodles to improve the texture.  They contain a fiber known as glucomannan which can play a role in blood sugar control. Most importantly it can replace other starchy noodles such as wheat, brown rice and corn noodles.

These noodles come packed in liquid and will be found in the refrigerator section of the grocery store. You need to rinse them thoroughly and I cook them in olive oil to warm them up. They don't have much flavour on their own so they can be seasoned/sauced like you would regular pasta.  When contemplating going Wheat-free and/or low carbohydrate most people panic at the thought of not having pasta - especially those with kids that have spaghetti and meat sauce as a staple meal. These noodles offer an awesome alternative so you don't feel like you are missing out and maybe even your kids will enjoy. My husband and daughter both enjoyed these with a stir fry - and they can be a tough crowd.  


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