Konjac Shirataki noodles made for a healthy low-carb pasta dish
Last week I blogged about a product called shirataki noodles that contain ZERO net carbs, ZERO calories and are made from fiber. The response from my readers has been incredible when I inquired what people thought about this interesting pasta product.
Here's what one of my readers wrote to me:
I discovered your blog about a month ago and read it regularly. Thank you for your time and effort in putting out all this information on the low-carb lifestyle.
About your request for information about shirataki noodles--I first learned about them in an article in Low Carb Energy magazine. There were several low carb recipes by Karen Barnaby, an awesome low-carb cook, and my husband and I tried them all. We loved them.
The article tells you how to treat shirataki. You have to drain them, cut them into desired lengths, boil them for one minute in salted water, then add them to your dish. We loved the noodles so much that I tried them in my Italian sausage and tomato sauce dish, while my husband tried them in his American Chop Suey. We were delighted with the results.
The noodles do not soak up sauce like regular pasta, so you can use less sauce. They do soak up the flavor however. You can cook them longer if you wish. It does not seem to change them much. However, you cannot freeze them. They come out exactly like cotton twine!
We are now regulars at the local Oriental market. The noodles come in plastic packages packed in a liquid. They keep indefinitely in your refrigerator.You can buy them white (called tofu style) and natural. The natural looks kind of disgusting. It's clear with brown dots. However they taste exactly the same. I looked up Konnaku (the stuff shirataki is made of) on the Internet, and it has a host of health benefits.
Keep up the good work.
After this helpful advice from my reader, I received my own shipment of the Sunnyvale, CA-based Konjac brand of shirataki noodles in the mail on Monday and I had the angel hair variety with my favorite pasta sauce tonight.
First I drained the noodles (which did smell a little fishy) in hot water for about 2 minutes and then I poured a little extra virgin olive oil on top, sprinkled some Garlic AlsoSalt directly on the shirataki noodles, and mixed some sugar-free Hunt's spaghetti sauce in until all of the noodles were completely covered.
I let that sit in my refrigerator for a couple of hours for the noodles to soak in the flavors and then heated it up in the microwave for a couple of minutes melting mozzarella cheese on top just the way I like my pasta.
When it came time for me to take a bite, I didn't really knowing what to expect. With a little trepidation, I spun my fork round and round in what looked like a normal pasta dinner. As I moved the fork closer to my mouth I was bracing for what might not be the best-tasting food I've ever eaten.
But then it happened.
WOW! Can you believe this stuff has ZERO net carbs?! Unbelievable. I guess you can say I'm hooked now. What a creation these Konjac shirataki noodles are. While there are "other" low-carb pastas out there on the market, NONE of them can claim to not have any net carbs at all.
However, like my reader said in her e-mail, these things are VERY healthy for you, too!
The Konjac glucomannan shirataki noodles are made of a water-soluble dietary fiber, which is the only known food component to lower total blood cholesterol when you add it to your diet. How about that?!
Additionally, soluble fiber like what is found in Konjac shirataki noodles is very low on the glycemic index and actually keeps your blood sugar from rising too rapidly after a meal by keeping the food in your stomach longer, thus, keeping triglycerides and free fatty acids from becoming elevated.
Healthy benefits abound in this amazing product and I urge you to continue learning more about how eating more Konjac shirataki noodles can do for you as part of your low-carb lifestyle. Visit KonjacFoods.com for more information.
As I sat there eating bite after bite of this stupendous dinner until it was all gone, I noticed something. This stuff is so filling, too! It's now been over an hour since I ate my dinner and I'm STILL full. Whoa, now that's a pretty cool thing, eh? What a satisfyingly, healthy way to get to eat pasta without the negative side effects of overconsuming on carbs!
Just to see what happens to the noodles when you boil them for a minute or two, I'm gonna try them that way next time to make them softer. I can't believe I've been missing out on this outstanding low-carb product until now. You can add this to my regular grocery shopping list now!
We all should be lucky Konjac shirataki isn't sucky! Hee hee! ENJOY!
3-7-06 UPDATE: Oh, this was absolutely hilarious. Within 2 minutes of posting this, I got the following e-mail from one of my regular readers:
I just ate some shirataki noodles and wow, they are fabulous! I first discovered them via your blog, and decided to give them a try. BTW, I love your blog. It gives me my daily dose of encouragement in a less-than-encouraging world.
My husband and I stir-fried some beef strips, peppers, the noodles, and several Asian odds-n-ends from the cupboard. I used the Konjac brand noodles, rinsed well. Since the noodles don't absorb liquid that much, I let my stir fry cook a few minutes longer than normal. It didn't seem to affect the noodles. They absorbed the flavors beautifully.
I also bought a bag of House Foods brand tofu shirataki fettucini style noodles, which I'll try later this week. I'll report back how they are:)
Have a low-carb day!
WOW, that's TWO FOR TWO on the Konjac brand of shirataki noodles! I haven't tried the House Foods brand, but would love to see if there's a difference at all. I'll report back my findings if I do. In the meantime, if anyone else has tried shirataki noodles for the first time since I blogged about them last week, feel free to share your comments here. Did you like them?
8-30-06 UPDATE: LOOKING FOR MORE ABOUT SHIRATAKI NOODLES? I have compiled ALL of my best posts on these amazing Japanese wonder noodles in this blog post to provide you with LOTS of great recipes, reviews of the various kinds of shirataki noodles, specific places where you can buy shirataki, and MUCH MUCH MORE! Check it out and THANKS for visiting my blog!