During the weeks of Step 1, many patients relate that one thing they miss is their pasta. Whole grain pasta returns on Step 2. For those few weeks of Step 1, there is a “pasta alternative” that gives you the chance to twirl “spaghetti” around your fork! House Foods produces a soy based product called “Shiratake Noodles.” These “noodles” come in three different shapes: spaghetti, fettuccini, and angel hair. I have personally tried all three… the consistency of each shape is the same, the shape is the difference. Shiratake noodles are really easy to prepare, and are Neutral on all Steps of MM. Make sure to use a neutral or” 5 gram counter” sauce (homemade or sugar-free marinara, vodka sauce, alfredo sauce).
The “noodles” are in individually packed servings in the refrigerated organic section of my grocery store. I think the following method of preparation is quick and gives the best result:
1. Place the noodles in a colander/strainer and rinse under cold water for about 2 minutes. Shake out as much excess water as you can after rinsing.
2. Pour the rinsed noodles onto a dry stack of paper towels and squeeze out as much water as possible
3. Decide on your sauce and either prepare or heat over medium heat
4. While sauce heats, put noodles on a microwave safe plate, add a little salt (if desired), and microwave on HIGH for 45 seconds.
5. Remove from microwave, fluff, and heat once more on HIGH for 45 seconds.
6. Remove from microwave, toss with your favorite sauce, and sprinkle with grated cheese.
Unlike other “carb-free” noodles that must be ordered on the internet and delivered, House Foods Shiratake noodles are sold in many food stores across the country. Check the link at: http://www.house-foods.com/Tofu/tofu_shirataki_store.aspx , find your state and see if a retailer near you stocks them. I highly recommend them as a “neutral” side dish…or add some shrimp, chicken, or lean beef into the sauce and enjoy as a meal with a side of veggies and/or a salad!
PS….beware of a “dreamy” dried pasta choice packed in a black box (interesting color choice) in the pasta aisle of your supermarket. It is clearly marked “only 5 grams digestible carbs” so it appears to be a 5 gram counter. Guess what? Nothing can be further from the truth. The ingredients indicate it is plain old pasta and if you run the formula: total carb grams – dietary fiber = legitimate net carb grams you will find it contains the same carb amount as plain old pasta (41 grams total carb = 5 grams net carb = 36 grams net carb!!!!) Those with diabetes will notice their blood sugar soar like a rocket two hours after consuming this “nightmare” pasta. Those on MM will stop losing weight.