Shirataki noodles, in their packaging, could quite possibly be one of the most unappetizing food items one might ever see or smell. Get past it and you have a terrific pasta replacement for your gluten-free lifestyle.
Nasoya PASTA ZERO plus is a shirataki noodle that contains 20 calories for 1/2 of the package and only 1 net carb (3 of the 4 total carbohydrates are fiber), 0 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein. Ingredients? Simple: water, potato starch, konjac flour, chickpea flour, calcium hydroxide, reduced iron, and folic acid.
The texture reminds me a lot of ramen noodles you find in the quick-prepared soups, and is not at all unpleasant. In fact, I rather like it.
See the spaghetti? It was really easy and incredibly delicious! For this dish, I rinsed the pasta twice, boiled the noodles for 20 minutes in water and 1 teaspoon salt, and then served hot with sugar-free, store brand pizza sauce, fresh-snipped Genovese Basil and shredded Parmesan cheese.
General recommendations based on the advice of friends for the pasta:
1. Do not let the smell of this product upon draining hamper you. The smell dissipates with rinsing.
2. That said, rinse twice–and thoroughly–so the product keeps less of that fishy smell.
3. Use clean scissors to cut noodles to easy-to-use lengths, especially since these do not always cut well with a fork.
4. Drain the product well well since it contains a lot of liquid.
5. Serve hot with a heated sauce. Don’t bother trying to get the noodles to absorb the sauce since they are fairly impenetrable.
Anne’s Easy Pad Thai
Add a splash of hot sauce to the Pad Thai sauce for extra heat. This amazing recipe is based on Anne’s luscious Peanut Butter Shirataki Noodles recipe and is used with Anne’s permission.
2 Tbsp peanut oil
2 Tbsp + 1tsp sesame oil, divided
2 cups cooked chicken tenders, sliced into 1/2 inch strips
1 package (12 ounces)(340 grams) frozen, all-natural stir-fry vegetables*
1 package shiritaki fettuccine noodles (1-1/3 cups), cut into 2 inch strips
2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp sugar equivalent replacement
1 tsp sesame oil
To prepare the noodles, drain them well in a colander. Rinse twice and let drain again. Using a pair of kitchen shears or clean scissors, cut noodles into 2-inch strips. Place the noodle segments between 2 sheets of paper towel and allow them to dry for about 30 minutes, changing out the paper with a new sheet when it is saturated.
Heat 2 tablespoons each peanut oil and sesame oil in a large (1o-12″) skillet or a wok over medium heat.
Sauté chicken, stirring every 2 minutes, until browned (about 4 minutes). Add vegetables and stir; cook for 3 minutes. Add noodles and sauce. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
OPTIONAL: Serve with this Fried Cauliflower Rice recipe.
NOTES: * My stir-fry mix includes broccoli, sugar snap peas, green beans, carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms and red pepper for a total of 120 calories, 20 carbohydrates, 8 grams of fiber, 12 net carbohydrates, 0 fat and 4 grams of protein. If you replace the stir-fry mix with yours, subtract the following from the “entire recipe” totlas and add your own.
Makes roughly 6 cups of stir-fried meat, vegetable and noodle.
Nutritional Information per entire recipe: Calories: 1413, Carbohydrates: 36.7 grams, Fiber: 16.2 grams, Net Carbohydrates: 20.5 grams, Protein: 95.8 grams, Fat: 95.2 grams
Nutritional Information per 1-cup serving: Calories: 235.5, Carbohydrates: 6.1 grams, Fiber: 2.7 grams, Net Carbohydrates: 3.4 grams, Protein: 16 grams, Fat: 15.9 grams
The final word: I have never, until today, tried a Shirataki noodle, but I know I will definitely not only try these again but recommend them to others looking for gluten-free, soy -free solutions. Enjoy! Just plug your nose.
Nasoya All Natural Pasta Zero Plus
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Disclosure: Nasoya provided this product free of charge for review, but this has not affected my review of the item.