Thursday, February 24, 2011

Shiratake Noodles....0 calories and a recipe too

My sister told me about these noodles last week, but wanted to try them before posting. They are really good. If you like your noodles "al dente" then you will love them, if you like your noodles really soft then you should go for the ones that have a little tofu in them. Although, the ones with tofu have about 40 calories a package. Still not bad. My sister tried the one with tofu and she liked them. I like the regular ones.

They are advertised as "Miracle Noodles," but you can get them in different brands too. These noodles are calorie free. They only have fiber. You see why I wanted to try them first before recommending them. I had a picture in my mind of a noodle tasting like triscuits. :0). Well, these taste just like noodles. They are tasteless but pick up the taste of whatever you eat it with. They also come in a variety of noodles. Penne, angel hair, linguine, lasagna, etc.

They are made from the Konjac yam in Japan. It has been around for centuries and has been used by Japanese women. It's all soluble fiber so, it's a great way to get more fiber in. You can google Shirataki noodles (it's generic name) if you want to do your own research, which I always do before trying a product. I like to go as natural as possible.

I checked and it is available in certain places in Europe and can also be ordered online. Here in the U.S. you can find them in oriental grocery stores and some health food stores like Trader Joes, Wild Oats, etc. They run $1.49 a 7-10oz. package, depending on brand. So far I've tasted 2 brands and they are the same in taste. The noodles are already cooked, but you do have to rinse them. They are packaged very similar to tofu, packed in a liquid. Alot of people on the internet say that 1 pkg. is 2 servings to them. I'm finding that 1 pkg is only 1 serving for me. (I like to eat). My son really loves them too. I tried them in a soup and also as a bed under a stirfry I made (pictured above). I liked them both ways.

Here's the recipe for the dish pictured above:

1 TBSP olive oil
boneless, skinless chicken
garlic (I use lots, we love garlic)
1 onion
a little oyster sauce (or you can use soy sauce go lighty though)
Shiratake Noodles (angel hair is what I like)

Heat the oil in a skillet then add chicken. Cook chicken till it is lightly browned. Add garlic and onion. Then add the vegetables. When the vegetables are to your liking add the oyster sauce or soy sauce.

Rinse the noodles in a colander under running cool water. To heat the noodles up, I like mine warm, boil water in a sauce pan. When boiling add the noodles bring to another boil. Drain very well.

Serve the stirfry on a bed of the noodles.

I hope you get a chance to try them.
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