June 9, 2009 • Ariel and Whitney
Whit’s Tidbits: Tofu Shirataki Noodles
Tofu shirawhatwhatwhaaa? That’s what I said when I first heard about these wonder noodles on Hungry Girl. I use the term “wonder noodles” because Tofu Shirataki Noodles are WONDROUS! An entire package of them (8 oz) is only 40 calories. 40 CALORIES! Even if you aren’t watching your figure, or “relaxing off the pounds” as I like to call it, you have to be in awe of the fact that a package of pasta only has 40 freakin’ calories, and get this: 6 g of carbs. WHAT? Yes. It’s time for a PASTA PARTY Y’ALL! Might be too good to be true depending on how you think these noodles taste.
There’s a few things that are different besides these noodles besides there amazing nutritional stats, you gotta handle them a little different than you average penne. The noodles are, as you can guess, made out of tofu. They come in a little package soaked in water and need to be refrigerated (you’ll find them in the refrigerator section of the grocery too). So as a result, you have to rinse and dry the noodles thoroughly before eating them. THOROUGHLY dry, I cannot stress that enough. The extra prep work is a trade off because you don’t have to cook the noodles, all you do is zap them in the microwave to get rid of excess moisture and there’s your pasta! So I love these noodles if you can’t already tell by my enthusiasm, I think they are an amazing substitute for pasta because they have the same consistency and come in different pasta shapes! Spaghetti, fettuccine, and angel-hair. My dad on the other hand things they have the consistency of the inside of calamari…a little chewy. The only thing that gets me about Tofu Shirataki Noodles is the smell when you first open the bag before rinsing them. You know that bad fish smell? Yeah, it’s like that. Pinch your nose while you cut open the bag and I promise it’s worth it!
I’m going to share with you my favorite way to eat Tofu Shirataki and there are LOTS more on Hungry Girl’s website or do a quick Google search, you can pretty much do anything with the wonder noodles! I want to try them in soup but for now I LOVE them with a healthier mock-alfredo sauce. It tastes like the real deal and is so filling. After I eat a bowl of noodles mixed up with veggies I can’t even eat dessert because I’m so full–that pretty much never happens. Really you should all try these, they’re different and fun to experiment with! They can be a little hard to find though. Your best bet is to try the refrigerator section (normally by where the tofu is) at Whole Foods, but I have found them at D’Agostino in NYC and even at Publix in Nashville. Thank me later.
Veggie Fettuccine Alfredo
1 package Tofu Shirataki Noodles, fettuccine shape
1/3 cup corn
1/2 cup sugar snap peas
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes
1 wedge Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss Cheese
1 tbsp sour cream*
2 tsp grated white cheese* (mozzarella or parmesan are best)
Salt and Pepper to taste (don’t be afraid to be heavy handed on the seasonings)
*Healthy Swaps (not like you need any because it’s already so healthy!): fat free sour cream and reduced fat cheese.
Prepare the tofu shirataki noodles as the package explains, don’t skip the microwaving step! Also these noodles are crazy long so make sure you cut them with scissors or with a really sharp knife.
Sautee the corn, sugar snap peas and sun dried tomatoes in a medium skillet over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Add in the cheese wedge, sour cream, and grated cheese until melted and combined. Toss in the Tofu Shirataki Noodles. and stir until all are mixed up. Add salt and pepper to taste.
PS me and Rel’s new digs are amazing…we will put up pics of our beauteous new kitchen (once we are actually moved in) on Twitter. Also if anyone in the greater NYC area finds my keys that’d be great, yes I managed to lose them on the same day I moved in. Good start.