If you have never heard of Shirataki noodles let me fill you in. Shirataki noodles are a noodle product made from the roots of and Asian vegetable called the konjac yam. One of the amazing things about Shirataki noodles is they have a very small nutritional footprint. These noodles have very little carbohydrates, calories, sugars, and fat. Because of this small footprint they are very popular among people living a low-carb lifestyle as well as people are low calorie diet. If you look online at Shirataki-Noodles.com, at certain health food stores and markets, or at selected specialty stores you will find Shirataki noodles in a number of different shapes and sizes. Everything from fettuccine and spaghetti to Angel hair and rigatoni can be purchased for your consumption.
While shopping for Shirataki noodles you may also notice varieties that are called tofu Shirataki noodles. These noodles are prepared in similar fashion to traditional Shirataki noodles with the addition of one ingredient, which is tofu. Some people prefer the addition of tofu to their noodles for flavor and texture. I suggest you try both the traditional Shirataki noodles as well as the ones with padded tofu to see which you like best. Also keep in mind that the tofu variety of the noodles must be stored differently than the original. Original Shirataki noodles made with only flour from the konjac yam can be stored in your closet or covered. Because of the addition of tofu in the tofu Shirataki noodles variety they must be stored in a refrigerated environment and also consumed fairly quickly after opening the package.
Both varieties of Shirataki noodles should be rinsed with freshwater for two minutes before consumption, preparation and/or cooking. These noodles are relatively flavorless on their own but will absorb the flavor of the sauces or other ingredients they are cooked with. These noodles are quite cheap and can be found at there best prices from online websites and retailers. Please remember that certain brands of Shirataki noodles must be stored in your refrigerator.
For those looking for low-carb recipes you can follow a simple trick that I have found works best for me. I get out there recipes of my favorite dishes that are high in protein. Whether it's a pasta dish with chicken or and Asian noodle dish with steak I simply substitute Shirataki noodles for whatever noodles the recipe calls for. Now, I have a delicious low-carb and high in protein meal that is not only delicious but cheap.