Several months ago I tried shiritaki noodles based on glowing recommendation from Claire. They are yam noodles, usually found in the tofu section at the grocery store, and have minimal carbs and about 20 calories per serving.They are also gluten free. As someone who is always in search of tummy-friendly “vehicles” for sauces and spreads, this seemed like a great choice. And although I love brown rice pasta, as an alternative to wheat pasta, it is fairly high in calories.
I tried the “spaghetti” style noodles and was excited at the prospect of a low calorie, gluten free pasta meal. For both Jared and me, the process of removing them from the package and preparing them has stalled us from ever cooking them again. Don’t get me wrong, the eating experience went well but the prep was what marred the experience. Let me explain.
Shiritaki noodles have a fishy smell. They warn you on the package, Claire warned me and what I read online warned me. And as a lover of fish, I thought I would be okay with it but it still took me by surprise. We pulled them out of the package and started the rinsing process. We rinsed, and rinsed and rinsed and got them to a point where we were pretty sure we could smell it anymore. But both of us felt we could still “taste” the smell even when covered in tomato sauce and meatballs.
So I will wholeheartedly encourage you to try them and have your own experience with them.
My noodle search did not end there. After a recent trip to BC, I began reading more about kelp and came across kelp noodles.
We’re still 0 for 2 with Jared, but I loved these. They have a crunchy-ish texture, even when soaked for a while and covered in sauce but I embraced the crunchyness. They have 6 calories per serving (6, i swear!) and zero carb. They are high in iodine which helps with thyroid function. I also used the most delicious sauce.
1 package of kelp noodles (in Ottawa, I found mine at Rainbow Foods)
1/4 plus one heaping tablespoon of Almond Butter
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of agave or honey
1 teaspoon (or more if desired) toasted sesame seeds
Rinse and soak your noodles for about 20-30 mins. Combine all the ingredients together while the noodles soak. Mix sauce in with noodles and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Served cold.
Let me know what you think of them!