I’ve written about Shirataki noodles before – they’re an asian food product, made from the roots of the Konjac plant. They’re a very low carb pasta which is perfect for diabetics and allow us to eat pasta dishes that are otherwise offlimits. They’re also great for dieters because they’re very low calorie. They’re rubbery and have less flavor than normal pasta but are otherwise a decent replacement, and they’ve become a common ingredient in my diet – I use them in soups, stir fry, with italian pasta dishes, and even in salads occasionally. I had been buying them from the grocery store now that many stores carry the House Foods brand, but unfortunately they only make linguini and spaghetti noodles and I’ve craved other pasta shapes. I decided to try ordering from Konjac Foods and it’s worked out great. They sell shirataki pasta in all kinds of shapes, including lasagna noodles. I haven’t had lasagna, one of my favorite dishes, in over 4 years at this point. Soon I will, along with baked ziti with meatballs, another favorite. Their noodle also has some benefits over House Foods – they’re a bit firmer and less rubbery, and they don’t require refrigeration. The downside is you have to order a large quantity, so for now I have ~10 pounds of Shirataki under my sink. At the rate I go through it this will last me a couple of months, and it cost me a bit over $40 up front to have it shipped to me.
Still, it’s totally worth it, whether you’re a diabetic trying to reintroduce pasta to your diet or a dieter looking to lose some weight.