We could barely contain ourselves when we started to hear the buzz about gluten free, vegan Shirataki noodles. Not only do they meet our dietary restrictions, but they can help us lose weight? This sounded too good to be true. The key to Shirataki noodles is their main ingredient, Glucomannan fiber.
We first heard of Glucomannan fiber on the Dr. Oz show when he touted it as a great way to assist in a healthy weight loss plan. Glucomannan is a fiber that comes from the konjac plant, a plant grown largely in Japan. Because it is such a hearty, easily soluble fiber, it is used for treatment of, among other things, constipation, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes and weight loss.
Not long after we saw this episode of Dr. Oz, the popular website Hungry Girl (link) started touting glucomannan-based noodles, Shirataki noodles, as a great alternative to pasta. Traditional Shirataki noodles are made solely from the konjac plant fiber and contain zero calories, zero carbs, zero gluten or animal products, and are high on soluble fibers. The Shirataki noodles we tried are from a brand called House Foods and have tofu added to the noodles to offer more texture. Unlike the traditional noodles, these Shirataki noodles pack a whopping 20 calories per serving. If you are looking for a variety of noodles, House Foods offers macaroni Shirataki, Fettucine Shirataki and angel hair Shirataki. We tried the spaghetti-shaped Shirataki noodle.
Since the noodles are already soft, we only had to par-boil them for 2-3 minutes to get rid of, as the package put it, the “natural aroma.” Just a word of warning, this “natural aroma” smells like dead fish. But after some rinsing and par-boiling it was not noticeable, and once we dropped the noodles into our homemade “chicken” noodle soup, they immediately took on the flavor of all the seasonings in the soup. They made an excellent addition to the soup and truly did fill us up! The spaghetti noodles are also ramen-like, so would be great for making homemade ramen noodles.
To learn more about the Shirataki noodle, visit the Shirataki Noodle website!