Friday, January 20, 2012

Low carb pasta SIGN ME UP!

As an Italian, pasta is a staple in my diet. We used to have it at least once a week for dinner, not only is it easy but it's versatile and cheap. When my mom and I started Tone it Up one of the first things we had to accept that we would no longer be indulging in the pasta dinners we once loved. After all of the tears had subsided we searched for alternative, and came across tofu shirataki.

What the heck is that!?

Tofu Shirataki is a great pasta alternative made from blending the root of the Konnyaku - a member of the yam family and tofu.
It is a healthy, uniquely textured noodle - that pleases people of all ages!
(this is from the house food website)

Yummy Facts:
  • It comes in 4 different shapes: macaroni, spaghetti, fettuccine, and angel hair. 
  • Low carb- 3g per serving!!!
  • Low calorie- 20 calories per 4 oz serving, and each package is 2 servings 
  • 2g of fiber per serving
  • Vegan
  • Kosher
  • Gluten and Dairy free
  • No sugar or cholesterol  

For this recipe we each had our own bag, I tried angel hair and mom had spaghetti
They come packaged in water, just like tofu does.  Cut the package and place pasta in a strainer and rinse well. 
(sorry for the white on white, I promise it's there!)

 Place the pasta in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 2-3 minutes or stove top, whichever you prefer.

Pick your favorite veggies and chop them accordingly. I used a bag of spinach, mushrooms, onions, garlic and cherry tomatoes.

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan, add garlic onion and tomatoes

 Cook on a medium-high heat until tomatoes start to burst, about 10 minutes then add mushrooms
Let the mushrooms and tomatoes cook for another 5-7 minutes ( or until they look like this)

then add spinach:

Reduce the heat to medium, sprinkle a teaspoon of sea salt and let the spinach cook until wilted:

Ladle your veggies on top of your tofu shirataki:


Nutritional Facts:
Calories: 94
Total Fat: 1.2 g
Sodium: 97.8
Carbohydrates: 15g

The perfect low calorie, low carb "pasta" dinner, and because it's tofu it takes on any flavor you cook it in! I was so full that I couldn't even finish my bowl. Next time I am going to add grilled chicken to this dish for added protein, but I will definitely be making these noodles a lot more often!

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