The folks at Miracle Noodle sent me a pack of shirataki noodles to try and I couldn’t wait to see what culinary magic I could conjure in the Blogilates kitchen. These noodles are ZERO CALORIE and ZERO CARB! Sound too good to be true? Well, I did a little research and I’ll tell you why they are 0 cals.
These noodles are made from a Japanese yam called konjuc or elephant yam. The end product is 97% water and 3% fiber in the form of a viscous liquid. Makes sense. They come in a bag full of water! The highly soluble fiber is known as “glucomannan”. According to a study review by University of Connecticut researchers, glucomannan can help lower bad LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting blood sugar, and even body weight. Scientists in Thailand found that just 1 gram has the power to significantly slow the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream after you eat a carb-loaded meal. I’ve also heard that it helps with constipation.
All in all, it’s a win-win noodle! It was hard to find anything BAD on it. If anyone knows about something I didn’t mention, do comment!
On to my tasty Pad Thai recipe…
I was feeling quite Thai that night so of course I had to make Pad Thai! My other Thai dish loves include Pad Se Eew and Vanilla Fried Ice Cream :)
Here’s my super low calorie recipe for Miracle Noodle Pad Thai:
* 2 bags of Miracle Noodles Fettucine
* 1 chicken breast, chopped
* 1 small head of broccoli
* 2 carrots
* 1 can of straw mushrooms
* 2 green onion stalks
* 1 small onion
* 3 garlic cloves, minced
FOR THE SAUCE:
*1/4 cup lite low sodium soy sauce
* 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
* 2 TBS of peanut butter (I used Better N Peanut Butter, only 100 cals per 2 TBS vs 200 cals using regular peanut butter)
* 2 TBS sriracha hot sauce (It was pretty spicy and I liked it but for the average person, I’d suggest you stick to just 1 TBS)
* 1/4 cup Splenda (you can use sugar if you want but my nutrition info is based off of Splenda)
1. Pour noodles out of bag into a sifter and let drain. Rinse with cool water. Then place in a bowl of warm water for 2 min. Pour on paper towel and pat dry.
2. Steam your chicken breast! Slice into small chunks when ready.
3. Then steam your broccoli and your carrots which should be chopped up. Chop up all your veggies.
4. To make the sauce, simply mix all of the sauce ingredients together, mix it up and place in the microwave for 20 sec.
5. Now to the pan! Lightly oil your pan with extra virgin olive oil and add minced garlic. Then add sliced onions. Once onions have turned a little clear, add the mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, and chicken.
6. Sautee a little and pour 1/2 of your sauce on top. Mix around.
7. Then add your noodles, stir, and add the rest of the sauce.
8. Lastly, garnish with some chopped green onion on top. Give a quick stir!
9. You’re done! EAT!!!
There it is! Delish huh?
Noodles reminded me of glass noodles at a Chinese restaurant. I loved it. Slightly chewy and it bounced around in my mouth. That was pretty fun. The sauce was so perfect – the intensity of the lime really brought out the authentic Thai taste. This Pad Thai dish was a definite success!
NUTRITION INFO (for 1 serving): 150 cals, 3.3g fat, 13.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 18.8g protein.
This recipe makes 4 servings. You can buy your own Miracle Noodles here!