Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The Perfect Noodles for Dieters: Shiritaki Noodles with Veggies and Peanut Sauce

Yesterday, I mentioned that I'd be writing about Shirataki Noodles today. I imagine many of you don't know about these noodles since I had never heard of them myself until about a week ago. That's when I was reading LivinLaVidaLoCarb, and happened to catch a post talking about noodles made from fiber with practically no carbs, fat, or calories to speak of. I was even more intrigued when I read about another brand of Shiritaki Noodles that LivinLaVidaLiCarb claimed had a more authentic pasta feel. I had to try them.

The noodles I purchased were made by House Foods, and I found them in a Wild Oats store near my house for $1.59 for an 8 ounce package. You can also buy them online at Amazon.com if you can't find them where you live, but they have to be shipped cold so they can be expensive when purchased that way. According to the label, the noodles contain: Filtered Water, Tofu (Soybeans, Calcium Sulfate, Glucono Delta Lactone), Yam Flour, Calcium Hydroxide, and no Preservatives.

You can see by checking the nutrition content that the noodles contain very little fat, sodium, or carbs, and are mostly fiber. They have little taste on their own, but absorb the flavor of whatever sauce is used on them. Several places I checked mentioned the odor of the noodles, but I didn't find it that strong, kind of like a mild fish sauce smell. When you open the package you rinse the noodles, and then cook them about 3 minutes, and the smell completely disappears.



I liked these noodles quite a bit and would use them again for an Asian noodle dish like the one I made here. For Italian pasta, I will probably stick with Dreamfields, but if you're really limiting carbs, or simply want to limit calories, these are a healthy and tasty alternative to traditional noodles. The dish below, something I experimented with to try the noodles, was so good I can imagine myself eating this all the time in the summer when I would make it for lunch.


Shiritaki Noodles with Veggies and Peanut Sauce
(Makes 2 servings, recipe created by Kalyn)

Ingredients:
8 oz. package Shiritaki Noodles (I used House Foods Brand)
1/2 red pepper, seeds cut out and cut in slivers
1 cup snow peas, cut in diagonal slices

Sauce Ingredients:
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup natural peanut butter (check the label to make sure it does not contain added sugar)
1 1/2 tsp. dark sesame oil
1 tsp. Asian Chile Garlic Sauce(or use a small amount of your favorite hot sauce)
2 T coarsely chopped peanuts
chopped fresh cilantro (optional, I did not have any but I would add it next time)


Drain noodles and rinse. Put noodles on cutting board and cut through several times to make them 3-4 inches long. Bring pan of water to a boil. When it boils, add noodles and cook 3 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain noodles, rinse with cold water, and let them drain in colander while you cut up red pepper and snow peas and chop peanuts.

Put peanut butter in glass measuring cup and heat in microwave about 2 minutes, or until very soft. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, and Chile Garlic Sauce and whisk together until well combined.

In mixing bowl combine noodles, veggies and sauce. Divide between two serving plates and sprinkle with peanuts and chopped cilantro if using. Serve at room temperature.


South Beach Suggestions:
This would be a great side dish for something like Forbidden City Chicken, Roast Chicken with Cilantro and Lime, Grilled Chicken Sanpete, or Grilled Salmon with Maple Syrup Glaze. You could also eat this like I did, as a meal in itself for a tasty and nutritous lunch.
counter customizable free hit

17 comments:

  1. I have heard about these noodles for quite some time, mainly via hungry-girl.com. I've been meaning to try them, but I haven't been to my nearest Wild Oats or Whole Foods lately. Since I know you found them at a Wild Oats, I may have to look for them soon. I'm glad to hear another good review!

    ReplyDelete
  2. What a great recipe. I know I'll have no chance of finding those noodles here, but I'll keep my eyes open.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I've been looking for those noodles but haven't found them yet. Your recipe looks great, and I'll definitely give it a try once the noodles make it to the deep south! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I've never heard of these. I'm going to look for them at Whole Foods. The picture looks FABULOUS!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Low-carb noodles? That's great since I had to dress up for work today and my pants didn't fit. I think I'm gonna have to go back on South Beach for a while.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I've been wondering how those noodles tasted. Of course, anything with a peanut sauce has got to be good.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Its completely new to me..I'll definitely have to check this on my next grocery shopping..

    ReplyDelete
  8. Jill, Sara, SusanV, and Sher, the noodles were really good. Ed, I know how you feel. that was the story of my life before I started eating this way. Fiber, I love peanut sauce. If anyone has a great recipe for it I would love to try it.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Oops, Annita, didn't mean to leave you out. Fun finding your blog.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Low-carb noodles... that sounds like a great way to enjoy noodles without the full carbs. And peanut sauce? Sounds so delish...

    ReplyDelete
  11. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Nothing personal against the person who left that comment, but I just can't let people leave links in comments. Send me an e-mail if you want to tell me about your blog.

    ReplyDelete
  13. We were able to find the noodles at a Oriental grocery store.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I found Shiritaki noodles at Trader Joe's. Made a quiche using part skim ricotta, spinach, mushrooms, canadian bacon, and eggs...it was delicious and a square for breakfast was quite filling.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I bet the Asian grocery store out here in Sandy, UT will have them, will have to look this week. Looking forward to trying them,

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi Kalyn,
    I just found these noodles near me and they aren't bad at all. I'm wondering if you know what phases of SB they'd be appropriate for? Obviously 2 and 3 but I'm not sure about Phase 1. I would love it if you'd share some of your SB expertise with me! :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. Kristi, I haven't ever found anything in the South Beach books about these, so I can't say if they would approve them for phase one, but judging from the nutritional information I think they could be eaten for any phase if the other ingredients were okay for all phases (maybe smaller portions for phase one.)

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for joining the conversation! I love hearing from readers and even though I can't always reply to every comment, I will always answer specific questions on a recipe as soon as possible.

Comments don't appear on the blog until they're approved by me, so no need to try again if you don't see it! Feel free make your signature a link to your site if you're a blogger, but links posted within the body of the comment will never be published.

Blogging tips