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beth0811
08-11-2010, 08:06 AM
Has anyone used the tofu noodles (shirataki brand) on P1? The ingredients are tofu and water so looks like it's legal?

Thanks


rdw1
08-11-2010, 09:59 AM
I believe so...All we can do is trust the ingredients :)

cottagebythesea
08-11-2010, 06:29 PM
I believe they are OK for Phase 1, even though they are made with a blend of "yam" flour and tofu. But the type of "yam" they use is not related to the type of yam or any potato that we are familiar with, and it's actually known to reduce your blood sugar levels.

I say go for it. ;)


rdw1
08-12-2010, 12:13 PM
If I am not mistaken the last itme I looked into these they were made from Konjac root, or glucomannan(which I take as a supplement) which is essentially fiber- and good for you :) +tofu.

here is what I found ;0)
Basically, the Konjac root (a tuber or “yam” unique to Asia) is the source of Glucomannan; a water-soluble dietary fiber that expands many times its size when consumed. This makes the “consumer” feel full with less food and provides a nice bit of fiber in the process.

sarahyu
08-12-2010, 01:04 PM
Just remember that they need to be cooked with something flavorful. Just right out of the bag they don't taste very good. Rinse them well before you use them, that helps with the strange taste you sometimes get.

rdw1
08-12-2010, 01:29 PM
I totally agree. hold your nose! lol
I rinse mine well, then boil 1-2 minutes, drain well and then use them in whatever I was planning on. they are stinky out of the bag!

beth0811
08-12-2010, 02:34 PM
Thanks everyone, I am going to make a SB tomato sauce for the tofu noodles

EmmaD
08-12-2010, 04:50 PM
oh my GOODNESS - I finally tried these today, thanks to reading this thread. I had a package languishing in the back of the fridge... so I rinsed them, boiled them for a few minutes and added them to a simple peanut sauce [~2T natural peanut butter, a generous splash of low sodium soy sauce, a clove of crushed garlic and hot sauce] with 2 sliced green onions and about 1/2 a large English cucumber, julienned. Yum, yum, YUM. I can't believe I waited this long. I have the fettuccine-style noodles as well and I seem to recall Hungry Girl having an Alfredo recipe using Laughing Cow. I think that will be next.

ETA: found the Fettuccine Girlfredo recipe (http://www.hungry-girl.com/week/weeklydetails.php?isid=468)

Thanks for the info!

Fat Melanie
08-13-2010, 06:20 PM
Where are you guys finding these noodles at? I wanna get some!!!! They sound great. I was planning on make some homemade noodles made out of soy flour but I'm afraid. It might be easier to just buy 'em.

femmecreole
08-13-2010, 07:16 PM
Melanie, whole foods has them. One local Winn Dixie here carries them, but I have to go to the next town for some reason the one close to my house doesn't have them grrrrr. I'll bet the old Harris Teeter has them since they seem to carry everything.

I've never boiled mine, I just rinse well and throw them in a stir fry and stir a bit more till they are hot.

rdw1
08-13-2010, 07:55 PM
Melanie- Where are you from in NC? We used to live in Cary and our local Harris Teeter carried them I believe, that was quite a while ago though! Our Publix carries them here and they are with the tofu in the produce section....

Fat Melanie
08-15-2010, 01:31 PM
We used to have a Winn Dixie, but they closed down. This gives me an even better excuse to go to Harris Teeter, on a search for chia seed & shirataki. Maybe I'll find a few other cool SBD finds.

I am in Bayboro, NC (Pamlico County). The nearest Harris Teeter is in Craven County and we Pamlico folk have to make the drive out there for Walmart and pretty much everything else. I hope the Harris Teeter by me still carries them or I might be making the drive out to Cary or the nearest Teeter that carries the noodles. (lol! It's worth it, I'd stock up on 'em!)

I've lived in Florida for a year before, a few years ago, and they had Publix. I loved Publix, the deli, yum!

Well I think I'm definitely going to make a trip out to Harris Teeter today in search of the shirataki noodles. Been saying it but today will get my butt in gear.

sarahyu
08-16-2010, 10:08 AM
Not all stores carry them. When people were first starting to talk about them a few years ago, the only place I could find them was a Japanese market in the next town. And I had to be very careful about checking the use by date-they'd be months out from it.

Now I can find them in several stores-but still predomintaley the Asain stores.

Honestly, I'm not sure they are worth going to great lengths to get them. I can pick them up when I do my regular shopping. They don't really have that much flavor or texture. They tend to cost less then $2 for a small package of maybe 2 servings. The calorie count is low so it's a plus. But if you are making a special trip to a grocery store an hour away you may be disappointed.

IMHO-Zucchini noodles are just as good for most things. http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/zucchini-noodles-2/Detail.aspx

Fat Melanie
08-16-2010, 04:34 PM
Yum those zucchini noodles look scrumptious, and a great way to get more veggies in!

Sarahyu you're right, I am not sure it's worth the travel. (I had considered traveling out of my way to find them but luckily I found them and don't have to.) They were small packages that at first glance seemed fairly pricey, and so, I bought a LOT of them, but after it adds up and you consider the small package and serving amount, it is probably not worth the gas to drive long distances for it. I was glad I had budgeted some pricy 'extras' in my grocery budget so I was able to afford several packages.


But just to let you all know, anyone who has a Harris Teeter nearby, they do indeed carry them. I went yesterday and found them. I kept in mind what Rdw1 said, that in Publix they're in the refrigerated section with the tofu. So I thought maybe Harris Teeter would as well and they did. They had spinach flavored fettucine shaped ones, and then thinner plain ones that looked like typical asian noodles or even could be used as angel hair pasta. They were already cooked and packaged in water, all you have to do is put them in hot water to heat. They consist of only tofu and the konjac stuff and water.

Tonight I'm making something asian! I don't know what but it will incorporate these noodles and I'm really excited to try them.

Do they freeze well? I bought a lot of packages and they have expiration dates so if they will freeze will, I'll freeze some for later use.

rdw1
08-17-2010, 11:27 AM
I have no idea about freezing them, I would imagine not too well... but you never know, tofu changes cinsistency when frozen so that is why I think they wouldn't? Maybe you could sacrifice one package and see :) maybe it would be fine?

If you do it let us know!

Glad you found them! They're a bit different texture than a noodle but they work for cravings... I second the zucchini for noodles... Cyndi turned me on to this spiral slicer (http://www.amazon.com/World-Cuisine-49827-99-Tri-Blade-Vegetable/dp/B0007Y9WHQ/ref=pd_bxgy_k_img_a)that works fantastic for making noodles out of many veggies!

Fat Melanie
08-18-2010, 05:23 PM
That's one cool gadget!!! I'm thinking of all the cool things one could do with it; sweet potato 'noodles', cucumber 'noodles' for pasta salads, and stuff like that! Yum!

Okay guys don't freeze your shirataki noodles... ever!!! :) They turned out weird looking and such a weird texture, even weirder than the texture they have already. It rendered them uneatable and unchewable and that package had to be thrown out. I have many other packages though so that one won't be missed!

Speaking of, I like how they soak up flavors from stirfries for example, and I initially liked them, but I'm having trouble getting past the 'wormy' or 'rubbery' texture. I ate my food and I enjoyed it but I kept thinking of the 'worminess' so to speak. Then that night, I felt nauseous and the next day as well. I read another message board where a woman described the same nauseous feeling. Coincidence, or no? I'm not sure but I sure won't waste them because they are such a great product. I just have to figure out what to do about the texture.

So that brings me to this: How to change the texture somewhat? On the message board I was looking at regarding shirataki, some said to lightly pan fry them or something. What do you ladies do?

rdw1
08-18-2010, 08:35 PM
How did you cook them to begin with? I made some tonight, I put them in a colander rinsed well, then covered them with water brought to a boil for a minute... throw in the colander and rinse again. then I started my stirfry... when it was done I added the noodles back in and stirfried with for a minute just until warm... Im not sure if there is much way to change the texture- maybe I just got used to it... idk... then again I have always liked those little rice noodles, that they are similar to...

Fat Melanie
08-18-2010, 09:01 PM
I got the pasta slim kind that said it was already pre rinsed but I rinsed them anyway (they smelled a bit shrimpy) and let them drain. In the meantime was stirfrying chopped veggies and chicken breast with a garlic soysauce mixture and I threw the drained noodles in at the end and stirred it and cooked for a couple of more minutes. All was well and good at first until I noticed a texture that was alright at first but after a few minutes it was hard to eat, although it tasted good, and textures don't bother me much so I'm not sure why I was having that sensation. I've read something about lightly 'frying' them in a tablespoon of oil or something like that.

sarahyu
08-19-2010, 11:24 AM
I have done the sauteeing in a small amount of oil for a little bit before I used them, it helped to get rid of the wierd taste. Texture---well, it's just something you have to get used to.

peevah00
09-13-2010, 05:08 PM
I get shirataki noodles from the natural food store. Does anyone know if these count as a veggie serving?

Natasha1534
09-13-2010, 09:16 PM
I get shirataki noodles from the natural food store. Does anyone know if these count as a veggie serving?
I don't believe so. Tofu is a bean curd, not a vegetable. ;)