Fitness Minutes: (17,448)
2,116 3/12/13 4:29 P
We made spaghetti and meatballs this weekend. They were OK. Definitely not the same texture as spaghetti. It was filling and not terrible but I don't think I'd make them my first choice. They were a bit chewy. I saved a bunch of calories so that's good but I missed the taste of real pasta. Definitely try them, though, as my tastes are really influenced by texture.
I made a new dish of these today. I felt like spaghetti, so instead I opted for the shirataki noodles. I made a shirataki spaghetti and it did the trick. Was it delicious no, was it good? Yes. How many calories did I save? probably close to a thousand, as pasta is my down fall, and once I eat it I want more and more. Do I feel like having pasta now? NOPE. I love these noodles! Craving is curbed and only at around 200 calories for a huge dish. Most of the calories came from my cheese, I had on it generously. Yay for me! :)
Fitness Minutes: (25,529)
3/1/13 1:19 P
I haven't tried them yet..but one of these days when I run across them at the store..I'll try them.
It makes me wonder if the ones saying ewwww are cooking these properly. They seem to take on taste of dish and do not have a taste of their own like tofu, because the ones I get are made from tofu. There is another type and I never tried or will try them. I do not mind 20 calories.
Fitness Minutes: (15,174)
2/27/13 2:10 P
I love shirataki noodles! The key is to rinse them well. I always cook them in water with salt like regular pasta for a few minutes. I usually eat these with stir fry's. I also made an incredible low fat pad thai noodles. I've never used them with pasta sauce. I always use them with asian recipes.
I wanted to mention bought another brand of these, the brand is Wildwood Pasta Slim, flavor is tomato and herbs angel hair pasta. I made a dish with my favorite veggies and spices and I love them equally. I bought these at Grocery Outlet last week. I really recommend these to people like me who lose control when it comes to pasta.
UPDATE: I decided to have my lunch here to tell exactly how my first experience is with the Shiritaki Noodles. First off I bought the tofu Shirataki it has 20 calories per serving, two servings per package. Amount looks like about one and a half pkgs of ramen after the ramen is cooked. I paid $1.69 for it at a store called Whole Foods. The looks in package looks like spaghetti noodles in water. When I opened them up I took a sniff it had a slight fishy smell like imitation crab or perhaps tofu regular smell but never sniffed tofu before lol. Okay noodles sort of wants to bound together so I separated by hand like you would tinsel on a Christmas tree and dropped it in pan. Cooked up fine and looks like regular noodles, no odor. Took my first taste was like an over cooked noodle slightly then had a slight chew to it like a real skinny gummy worm. I thought hmm kinda weird. Took another bite it seemed better. Took my third bite and decided I love the stuff and it is a fun consistency so I will be a regular buyer from here on out just for me personally,I won't try it with family as they have no weight issue like I do. I am still eating it and it gets better with every bite but I loved it at bite three. :) :) :) It is a miracle for me as stir fry is something I love!
I have used the spaghetti noodles and the angel hair and have made spaghetti with them and also a recipe on Spark using them in place of pasta and they are gluten free. I rinse them and dry them and them cook them with my sauce and find them tasty and a great pasta substitute. You get to each a large portion. My daughter who has to be gluten free enjoys them too.
1/26/13 5:27 P
They are not pasta, but are a veggie (Japanese yam) so should be gluten-free. I remove them from the package the night befor I plan on using them, rinse them thoroughly, and soak them in water until I am ready to use them the next day. To use them, I drain them, dry them on paper towels, and then fry them in a frying pan on low heat for 5 to 10 minutes to dry them out a bit. I then add peppers and onions to the fry pan with either stir-fry sauce or spaghetti sauce. As long as I rinse them thoroughly and dry them properly, they have not been rubbery-tasting.
I used to eat them once in a while. In my opinion, they're only good in Asian flavored dishes. Don't try to make an Italian type pasta dish with them - they really don't work. I used to stirfry a bunch of vegetables and add the shirataki noodles to that. They were fine. I think they worked out to 20 calories per (very, very large) serving for the noodles.
I stopped eating them because I moved to a place where they aren't sold. Now I just use smaller portions of pasta and add more vegetables and sauce to keep the calories down. I would buy them if they were available here, but wouldn't eat more than 1x/month.
1/26/13 2:46 P
I tried them twice and each time they ended up in the trash. They taste like rubber to me.
1/26/13 2:13 P
Meh. My husband tried them and was not super impressed. However, kelp noodles- those were quite a hit. Even my 6 year old preferred those to the vermicelli in the not low carb version of the dish. We made japchae and the kelp noodles were perfect. They would work in almost any stir fry or Asian noodle dish, particularly if you are looking for a glass noodle, vermicelli, or even ramen substitute. The noodles have no flavor of their own but have a nice texture.
Edited by: EXNOLA at: 1/26/2013 (14:17)
Fitness Minutes: (14,082)
816 1/26/13 2:08 P
No I haven't. I'd rather use regular pasta and strengthen my portion tool instead. I have a tendency to overeat.
Edited by: BEARLYBOO at: 1/26/2013 (14:09)
1/26/13 2:05 P
Yes I have tried them and I think they were pretty good.
They're not actually "no-calorie." That's a marketing trick where they subtract calories because of the fiber and use a very small serving size. They're somewhere between 15 and 30 calories for a normal serving. That's still a lot less than regular pasta, of course, but it's fairly much in line with spaghetti squash and options like that, which also give you vitamins.
I've tried them. I went ahead and used the whole package, but I didn't bother to buy them again. They're not bad, really, but they just don't taste or feel like food to me. IMO, it's kind of like chewing on shredded plastic bags, but slightly less tough. They're also quite expensive compared to whole grain pastas or spaghetti squash.
Definitely don't buy them on line-- that's absurdly expensive, and generally you have to buy a large amount, so it could be a lot of waste if you don't like them. Look for them in supermarkets; you should be able to find them unless you're in a very small town. They're in the refrigerator case, not on the shelf.
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