I was ecstatic when I found Tofu Shirataki in my local grocery store last week! I have been looking forward to trying these low carb, low calorie, vegan noodles ever since a good friend of mine, Emily, pointed them out during a Whole Foods shopping trip. What is this stuff exactly? Basically, it is a combination of the root of the Konnyaku – a member of the yam family – and tofu. It may not sound too appealing, but guess what? An entire 8 oz. bag has just 40 calories and 6 g. carbs! Caaarazy, I know. I decided to reuse a delightful vegetable stir fry recipe I made a while back (seen here) with a few minor adjustments to see how the noodle substitute compared. To be honest, I was skeptical at first while preparing the Tofu Shirataki (the stench was overwhelmingly unappetizing), but the end result was divine. Two thumbs up! I can proudly say that I am officially a Tofu Shirataki fan and plan to replace pasta with these fun noodlies very often in the future.
1 bag of Tofu Shirataki (I used angel hair)
Veggies of your choice (I used kale, broccoli, red bell pepper, onion and asparagus)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
1 1/2 tablespoons ginger
Sesame seeds (or flaxseeds) to top the dish and/or chopped peanuts (optional)
Over medium heat, combine garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar and ginger.
Add in your vegetables of choice and sauté. Mmm smells delicious…
Turn down the heat and stir in the crunchy peanut butter.
Now, time to prepare the noodles. Don’t they sort of look like Ramen? ✄ Cut open the package and drain the noodles into a colander. Rinse them thoroughly with cold water (for about 1 minute) and blot dry with a paper towel. Next, put them in a bowl and place in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or until completely dry. WARNING: The Tofu Shirataki is extremely smelly! Bleh…the fishy-ness almost made me give up, DON’T! I swear the end result is amazing and worth the few minutes of nose-plugging.
Once you have prepared the Tofu Shirataki, mix the noodles in with the vegetables and voilà, a guilt-free Asian inspired stir fry! I topped the dish with flaxseeds for an extra crunch. Mmmmmm….
Sprinkled with Love,