Monday, October 22, 2012

Spaghetti and Meatballs

If you've ever dieted for an extended period of time, you know how boring your food can become. Eating a rotation of just a few food items gets really old, really fast. One of the things I miss most is pasta. Loves me some Italian food!

Recently, we discovered an item that allows me to feel like I'm eating pasta, while in actuality, I'm not adding any additional calories or carbs to my diet! Victory!

What is this miraculous zero calorie food, you ask?

Miracle Noodles!!

Pauline Nordin of Fighter Diet has been promoting these noodles for awhile, so we were intrigued and ordered a bunch to try. We got a variety of them: fettuccine, angel hair, rice, and garlic & herb.

Different varieties of noodles
They're simple to make: simply rinse, boil for 2 minutes, rinse, then dry. Viola!

One thing to note: they're stored in a liquid that smells like fish. I breathe through my nose when I first rinse them. Once you boil and rinse them again, the fishy smell mostly goes away.

The most unusual thing about preparing the noodles is that you need to dry them after boiling and rinsing them. They hold a lot of water, so drying them gets the water out and makes them more similar to the consistency of regular pasta noodles.

Upon some exploration of a few grocery stores, we discovered a few different brands of these noodles. They're made from shirataki, which is a fibrous material. Some of the brands have minimal calories, like the Pasta Zero in the picture above. The noodles are refrigerated, and are usually located near the tofu section in the grocery store. We discovered this after wandering around Whole Foods for 20 minutes, trying to find them.

My favorite way to eat these noodles is with turkey meatballs, marinara sauce, and Romano cheese. I swear, it tastes just like spaghetti and meatballs! Yum!

"Spaghetti" and meatballs!
Have you tried Miracle Noodles or any other shirataki noodles? What did you think?

4 comments:

  1. I think I am afraid of them....

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  2. I second what D said....lol...

    T.

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  3. I love these....I rinse them and toss them in a frying pan to dry out with some green onion....pour a little egg whites and they coat the noodles they kinda taste like Chinese fried rice....lol

    My daughter likes to sprinkle some light mozzarella cheese and just likes it plain...the egg whites which add a bit of protein so that way if she doesn't want meat it gives her variety....Our version of macaroni and cheese.

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    1. What a great idea of coating the noodles with egg white! Love it! Thanks so much for the suggestion; I'm definitely going to try it!

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