I can tell you the exact moment I learned about ZERO calorie noodles -one of those moments that makes your heart skip a beat, never to be forgotten. I mean, seriously: zero calorie pasta? Could it be true?
Yes, indeed: Shirataki noodles. You can buy these miracles-in-a-bag in Asian specialty markets, or many enlightened mega marts. The noodles come in two forms: Zero calorie version, made entirely from fiber from a yam, or add just 20 calories per serving and you can buy noodles made from yam fiber plus a little tofu, which gives them more of the taste and texture of traditional pasta.
After some research, I can’t find a single downside to these noodles. Zero calories. Zero carbs. Gluten free. High fiber. Vegetarian. Vegan. Pretty much the best food a dieter can eat.
Either way, I love these noodles. They don’t have much flavor on their own, but I make them with Asian flavors and veggies, and the whole plateful is about 120 calories, and very VERY low carbs.
I like the House brand, a company which makes fabulous tofu. Some folks complain about a fishy smell to their noodles when they opened up the bag, but the House brand at least does not have any “off” smell.
So, if you’re like me and still have some holiday pounds to lose, put these miracles on your menu!