Posted by Schmoopie on Jan 22, 2013 in Recipes | 9 comments
I need help from you guys. With the new year, I am on the warpath to cut down my carb intake. But, I really miss my pasta! Anyone have any great recipes to help me get my fix without eating too many carbs?
Oh my gosh. I am just like you! Carbs are not my friend, but being half Italian, I love pasta, too! My doctor told me about this solution called Shiratake Noodles. There are some made from soy, but try to get the ones that are soy free, as well as no calories, no carbs, no sugars, no nuttin but healthy, soluble fiber! Yup. You heard correctly. They are this wonder noodle. They are made from something called the konjac plant found in Asia. Asians have been eating these noodles forever — or at least for thousands of years. You can buy them at Whole Foods or online at KonjacFoods.com. Even Amazon carries a brand called Miracle Noodles.
They come in a bag packed in water. Here’s a fun recipe that covers both my carb fix and my comfort food fix! It’s a konjac noodle mac & cheese!
Serving for one:
1 bag of konjac noodles (any style)
1 to 2 slices American cheese
1 pat butter or margerine
salt & pepper
splash of non fat milk
sprinkle of Italian flavored bread crumbs
Cut open bag and drain out the water. It may smell a little fishy, but there no fish in it and the noodles DO NOT taste fishy.
Place noodles in collendar and rinse with cool water. Make sure all the water drains out.
In a small saucepan melt non-fat milk, cheese, and butter together until a cheese sauce emerges.
Place well-drained noodles in a casserole dish.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Pour cheese sauce over noodles and make sure noodles are well coated.
Top with Italian style bread crumbs, just a light sprinkle.
Bake at 375 for 20 minutes until cheese sauce bubbles and bread crumb topping gets crispy.
Remove from oven and cool a few minutes before eating. Then dig in and enjoy! Yummy.
If you want to prepare the dish for more people, just increase the ingredients proportionately. One bag of Shiratake noodles per person.
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This sounds very promising, Linda, thank you. I visited the website for konjac foods. I may order the two-pack to try it out.
I love this Shiratake Noodle thing. Will definitely have to try them out.
Like you guys, I love pasta but try never want to over do it. So, I’ll fake myself out. I’ll make a bowl of pasta, then serve myself half. To replace the missing pasta, I’ll add some fresh steamed string beans to it. Topped with a nice marinara or meat sauce, the string beans take on a new flavor and mix nicely with the pasta. I get my pasta fix, but don’t feel so bad about it because I am getting my veggies, too!
A friend of mine also suggested spaghetti squash. Talk about your veggies and sauce. Have you ever tried that?
Whenever cutting down on carbs and craving pasta I buy Dremfields pasta. It’s available at most grocery stores. It tastes pretty good, and satisfies my craving.
Thanks for this info. I’ve never heard of Dreamfields. What are the benefits?
Dreamfields pasta is high on fiber, and can help you manage your blood sugar. Best of all, it actually tastes pretty good.
Checkout their website:
Thanks Sabrina. I’ll check out the dreamfieldsfoods site.
limit to a cup of panne pasta and load it up with veggies, zucchini, kale, peppers, mushrooms, onions etc…even put on tblespn tomato paste, tspn olive oil, half cup of water pasta was cooked in…and even a quarter cup of wine…couple of tblspns of parmesan cheese…not bad..yummy
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