Pasta is a side dish, we have grown with from our early childhood. It is difficult for some to avoid it entirely or reduce them to a minimum. In some families it is a part of daily dish and they cannot be missed on the table.
Your low carb pantry does not have to be without them. Again, lots of products on the market but also lots of options to make your own.
In our family, I either use Shirataki or make my own from Zucchini, eggs or other ingredients. The reason mostly is, that i do not need them in my life and Sophie prefers the one I make. But do not get me wrong. Some bought ones are also pretty tasty.
are thin, translucent, gelatinous traditional Japanese noodles made from the konjac yam.
Shirataki noodles can be found both in dry and soft “wet” forms in Asian markets and some supermarkets. When purchased wet, they are packaged in liquid. They normally have a shelf life of up to one year. Some brands may require rinsing or par-boiling as the water they are packaged in has an odor that may be unpleasant to those not accustomed to it.
Alternatively, the noodles can be drained and dry roasted. This gets rid of the bitterness. It also makes the noodles have a more pasta-like consistency. Dry roasting is done by placing noodles in a non-stick skillet on high for a minute or until you hear a slight squeaking noise when moving them around. After that they are ready to be added to soup stock or have a sauce added to them.
They soak up all the flavor of the dish and are completely Carbohydrates free, calories free and gluten free
Some of the claimed health benefits of Shirataki noodles are:
- Helps regulation of Gastrointestinal System
- Control Diabetes
- Boosts Fiber
- Cut Carbs and Lose Weight
- Reduce Cholesterol Levels
- Prevent Colon Cancer
- Are gluten Free for Special Diets
- Boosts Metabolism
- Reduces Constipation
Those days you can find also different brands of low-carb noodles in health shops. We have tried quite few of them but they either raise blood sugar or does not taste great. Therefore we are stuck with Shirataki or we make our own.