When people first hear that I'm “gluten free,” the first reaction is usually, “What do you eat then?” Many people are baffled that you can get by in life without gluten.
While I have been gluten free for over 2 years now, I am always discovering new gluten free foods we can incorporate to our meals. We recently discovered Shirataki noodles and rice from Skinny Noodles. These noodles are low calorie, low carb, gluten-free, and soy-free pasta and rice alternatives. They're made from konjac (konnyaku), a root that's native to Asia and is often referred to as a yam, even though it's not in the tuber family.
Available in five varieties (spaghetti, angel hair, spinach fettuccine, macaroni, and “rice”), Skinny Noodles are made from a root native to Asia called konnyaku or konjac. The products are weight loss and diabetic friendly with 3-4 grams of fiber per serving. They have zero calories because they are the fiber from the plant. So they aren't nutrient dense, but they have good texture and are a nice grain free noodle option. I really like that they're made in America.
To prepare Skinny Noodles, you need to drain and rinse them thoroughly to remove the scent (it almost smells like seafood to me). Then you can parboil or pan fry them for 2-3 minutes.
You can use them as alternative to traditional pasta, in soups, salads or stir fry. Since they have no real flavor themselves, they really absorb the flavors of what you eat them with. I used them in my Thai curry (very similar to this recipe), and they worked perfectly.
They were much more filling than I was expecting. I was very full after using the equivalent of the same amount of rice I'd usually use. So while the packages are small, a little goes a long way.
If you're looking for a grain free noodle that works well, check out Skinny Noodles.
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