I recently stumbled across shirataki noodles at my local market. Italian food is my favorite type of food to eat. You can imagine how happy I was when I realized that I could make spaghetti without worry about the weight scale going into full tilt.When I changed my life and started losing weight, getting in shape and eating healthier, I eliminated pasta and other carb rich foods. This was so hard to do.
I still crave Italian foods and at times I still indulge on occasion such as cheat days. I have experimented with alternatives such as spaghetti squash or egg plant but nothing really comes close to a piping hot plate of spaghetti and meatballs. That is until I discovered shirataki noodles.
What do shirataki noodles taste like?
Shirataki are Japanese noodles made from konjac yams. The noodles are very low in carbohydrates and calories and contain mostly water and glucomannan. The texture and constancy is very similar to that of traditional spaghetti noodles. Even better, the shirataki tastes like authentic spaghetti.
Where to buy shirataki noodles?
Shirataki noodles can often be found in Asian stores and some traditional grocery chains. I find my noodles at our local Walmart. Our Kroger does not carry them but they are available from their website.
As mentioned earlier, shirataki noodles are low in carbs and calories. To be exacts, they contain 4 carbohydrates and 15 calories per 8 oz. package. Even though this recipe is easy on your waistline, you won’t walk away from the table feeling hungry. Insulin dependent diabetics do not need to take large quantities of insulin. Diabetics who do no require insulin can keep their blood sugar at an optimal level.
The first thing you need to do is cut open the package and drain the contents into a strainer. Rinse under cold water for about a minutes and then drain the water from the noodles.
I find the noodles are very long and even when it’s cooked, it can be very hard to cut with a fork. I prefer to place them on a cutting board and halve them with a knife.
How to cook shirataki noodles
Boil 1 ounce of water per 8 once package of noodles. Add in noodles and a tsp of salt. Simmer for 2 minutes. Let the noodles cool and then return them to the strainer.
Spray a medium sized skillet with olive oil spray and place on medium heat. Add half a bag (16 oz) of Cooked Perfect Italian Meatballs and allow them to thaw. Mix in half a jar of spaghetti sauce and stir. Add shirataki noodles into the pan and mix in with other ingredients.
Shirataki noodles style spaghetti and meatballs
- 2 packages of shirataki noodles
- 1/2 jar of spaghetti sauce
- 16 oz frozen meatballs
- Pam olive oil cooking spray
- On a cutting board, cut shirataki noodles in half.
- In a large pot, add 2 ounces of water and boil.
- Add 2 packages of shirataki noodles and a tsp of salt.
- Allow noodles to simmer for 2 minutes.
- Strain the noodles again to remove excess water.
- Coat large skillet with Pam olive oil cooking spray.
- Set skillet on medium high heat.
- Add 16 oz of Cooked Perfect Italian Meatballs. Cook until meatballs start to brown.
- Add half a jar of spaghetti sauce and stir continuously.
- Add shirataki noodles into mixture and continue to stir.