Oodles of Noodles

Eat your fill of ultra-low-cal shirataki noodles
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Oodles of Noodles

Shirataki noodles are relatively new to Americans, but the pasta-like strands are an old favorite in Japanese cooking. Shirataki are made from konnyaku, a dough of Asian yam (konjac) flour and water. Plain shirataki noodles are clear and chewy; tofu shirataki noodles (tofu is mixed in with the konjac flour) have a more pasta-like texture.

With 20 calories or fewer and 2 grams of fiber per serving, shirataki noodles have become darlings of the diet world as a pasta substitute. Because shirataki noodles can be made with calcium derived from shellfish, choose brands that are guaranteed vegan.

RECIPE:

Spicy Shirataki Noodles