January 22, 2015

A Tasty Discovery: The Zero Calorie Miracle Noodles

There's a reason shirataki noodles are branded as "Miracle Noodles." These translucent, gelatinous Japanese noodles, which are made from the konjac yam, are low in calories and carbohydrates and can be substituted in a variety of recipes that call for pasta. 

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If you're in search of carb-free noodles that perfectly mimic the taste and texture of regular spaghetti -- a true miracle -- keep looking. Like pasta, shirataki noodles are mostly neutral in flavor and can absorb the tastes you cook with. But, shirataki has a slimier consistency and you won't be able to choose the hardness of your pasta -- al dente or otherwise -- because the noodles are already "cooked." 

And, very unlike generic, boxed spaghetti, shirataki noodles come pre-packaged in liquid, portioned out in a plastic bag that gets refrigerated. The noodles are watery and emanate a faint, fishy odor (though they're 100 percent vegan), which comes from the plant they are made from. Shirataki noodle manufacturers recommend rinsing, draining and drying the noodles before using them in dishes -- this'll help reduce the smell. Nevertheless, the pasta alternative is a smart choice for those looking for something gluten-free, low-carb or lighter in calories.

Shirataki noodles are an exciting new diet food. Among other things, the Shirataki noodles are halal certified, gluten-free, free of preservatives, and above all, calorie-free. This is possible because of their main ingredient, glucomannan, a water-soluble fiber made from the ancient Japanese yam Konjac (Japanese "Konnyaku”).
 
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  • Gluten Free
  • 0 Calories
  • Vegan and Organic
  • Cholesterol Free
  • Soy Free
  • Good for Diabetes
  • Good for digestive circulation
  • Price of a bag in Lebanon is LBP 5,500 only
  • The noodles don’t need to be refrigerated
  • The noodles are soaked in their water which should be thrown away before cooking
  • They do have a strong smell which is the water, that being normal
  • The noodles absorb the flavors of the meal you are cooking
Cooking Instructions:
  • Open the bag and drain the salt water
  • Rinse for 30 seconds
  • Boil the noodles for 1 minute
  • Put the noodles in a pan and mix with a countless number of recipes
Points of Sale:
  • A New Earth, Achrafieh
  • Live Organic, Rabieh
  • Go Healthy, Hamra
  • Fahed, Zalka
  • Marqet, Qoraitem

I personally liked them. They're not too flavorful alone until cooked but they do have an interesting texture that's enjoyable... without the calories. Give us your opinion.

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