Shirataki with Pesto and Tomatoes
When the pasta substitute topic comes up, shiritaki noodle is often mentioned. Some people do find the taste or smell a bit annoying. It does not bother me at all and I quite like these noodles but not as a pasta substitute, but just for what they are. They are an excellent prebiotic low carb noodle especially good with Asian style dishes. I eat them just because I like some noodles now and then. I agree with the spaghetti squash comment- it is not a pasta substitute at all and I do not like spaghetti squash much. Shiritaki noodles have zero net carbs and should have zero calories. Some systems count fiber as having calories. I will have to look into this. My package of Shiritaki brand says about 5 calories per serving of 80 grams or so, but as I thought it should be zero as I do not have the tofu kind. Perhaps the tofu ones do make a good pasta substitute. I have not tried them as I am actually not big pasta fan.
Here is the info on calories: Shirataki noodles contain 0 calories per serving because they are almost entirely made of fiber. Tofu shirataki noodles contain 20 calories per serving because of the addition of tofu. Many people prefer tofu shirataki noodles to regular shirataki noodles because the texture is more pasta-like. Regardless of which you choose, both types make great pasta substitutes. You can purchase shirataki noodles in a variety of pasta shapes, including angel hair, spaghetti and fettuccine. Fitday
“Shirataki”. It is an incredible substitute for pasta, and in my opinion FAR superior to spaghetti squash (the texture of squash just doesn’t cut it for me).
The trick to Shirataki is to not be put off by the smell when you open the package….there is a fishy-ness to it. Just dump it into a strainer and rinse immediately which takes care of it.
Prep time for this meal is about 2 minutes, which makes it a fabulous lunch when you are totally famished. AND, the Shirataki has a pretty long shelf life, so when it comes on sale you can stock up. Besides being low carb, the noodles are also low calorie when compared to pasta. Only 20 per serving !