Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tofu Shirataki Noodles for "Spaghetti"

 photo null_zps7e5d298d.jpgI was introduced to tofu back in the late 70s, but don't use it often except when dieting. It's a good protein and very low in carbohydrates (carbs).

Low-carb eating, especially since getting older, is the only successful way I've been able to easily loose weight when deciding to shed some pounds.

I buy firm tofu to use in stir fries and recently discovered Shirataki Tofu "noodles" at my grocery.  I tried them as a pasta substitute when my husband and I decided our New Year's resolution should be shedding some pounds we gained over last year's holiday season.

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Shirataki noodles come in different shapes (Fettuccine, Angel Hair Pasta, regular spaghetti, and egg noodle style) at my local grocer and sell for about $1.50 a package.  They're a great substitute for "pasta," and on 20 calories in a cup!

They come in a bag of watery liquid.  Each package has two, one cup servings of noodles. To use, simply rinse them, then heat in the sauce you are using, either spaghetti sauce or Alfredo Sauce and add cooked shrimp or chicken.
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Shiratake with Alfredo Sauce and Shrimp




           Shirataki "Spaghetti" 
  • Drain package of Shirataki noodles, and rinse in a colander under warm water. 
  • Heat tomato sauce and stir in drained noodles and heat a few minutes until noodles are serving       temperature. Allow 1/2 to 3/4 cup of sauce per serving.
  • Cook meat balls and or Italian sausage separately and serve on top of noodles and sauce.
  • Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
  • One package has 2 one cup servings.
Estimated cost $3.00 or less; $1.50 or less per serving.