A few years ago I was watching Dr. Oz and saw him talking about the Miracle Noodle. It was low carb and had very few calories in it. I was intrigued and went all over my area looking for them at some local grocery stores. They weren’t there, so I just let it go.
Then, a few months ago I was offered the opportunity to try Nasoya’s Pasta Zero Plus: Shirataki Spaghetti (Nasoya is the maker of the popular vegan “Nayonaise”). I was so thrilled, and went to the closest grocery store only to find out they didn’t carry it. I went to the website and found out that there was only one store in my area that had them. It was about 20 minutes from my house, so I sent my husband to go get them.
I was so anxious to try them. Most of you know that I am on a weight loss journey and living a healthy lifestyles. This would be a great alternative option for me if it was something I liked. My husband is a pasta junkie. He wants pasta with 90% of his meals, no exaggeration. Here is a review of the noodles, but remember it’s only our own opinion.
Nasoya Pasta Zero Plus Shirataki Noodles Review:
Location at the Store
We found the Nasoya Pasta Plus Zero Spaghetti in the produce section. My husband had a hard time finding them.
They need to be refrigerated and the coupons said in the dairy or meat section.
Appearance of the Package
My first thought was that the package was much smaller than I anticipated. You can see the noodles through the clear package.
They were floating in liquid, which was much different than you would see with regular pasta.
We would have paid $2.85 for each package. A package has enough noodles for maybe 2 people, so they were expensive to me.
This is to be expected though because it’s a special natural product.
First Impression of the Miracle Noodles
They were so long and stretchy. I had some that were 3 feet long, no exaggeration. They had a strange odor from the liquid and were very thin.
Directions to cook the shirataki spaghetti
You have to drain and rinse them well. Then, you put them in a skillet to dry them out for maybe 5-8 minutes. These were very easy to prepare, much easier than waiting for the water to boil with real pasta.
First Recipe: Shirataki Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce
We followed the recipe on the back of the package for our first taste. It was basically your simple spaghetti with sauce. We cooked the noodles like the package said and made sure they were somewhat dry.
I put the sauce and meat on them and prepared to indulge.
The first bite was not what I expected. The noodles were practically slimy and since they were long, I kept choking. It was hard to separate the noodles because they stuck to each other. I didn’t like it at all. I decided I’d live without pasta if this was the only way I could eat it. I took a second bite to give it a fair shot, and still didn’t like it. I couldn’t finish my bowl, and was grateful I made it as a side dish to my main meal.
My husband wasn’t impressed either. His biggest complaint was the feeling of choking as he tried to swallow the noodles. They were so thin, it made it hard to bite them and swallow. The taste wasn’t really an issue as there wasn’t any. It just took the taste of the marinara. It was completely a texture thing. He did finish his bowl, but said he would never eat them like that again.
I think part of the problem was that we had it in our head it was a pasta substitute, and thought it would be very similar to regular spaghetti noodles. Honestly, they were not even close and I don’t know if I would even call it a pasta.
We both felt these “miracle noodles” may be better with a lighter sauce like in an oriental dish; so we decided to give stir fry with the shirataki noodles as a base instead of rice.
Second Recipe: Chicken Stir Fry
I cooked up some chicken and stir fry vegetables with sauce. I made the noodles just like I did the first time, rinsing them and then frying them until they were dry. I cooked them longer than last time hoping that if I got them dryer they would be more firm. I am not sure that made a huge difference to be honest. This time I learned my lesson, so I cut the noodles up and made them into 3-4 inch pieces so they would be easier to swallow.
I felt the noodles were so much better in this dish. I was able to eat them without choking, and got a different texture this time. The stir fry had good taste and the noodles didn’t take away from that. I was able to eat the whole bowl, and I could definitely eat them again this way.
My husband felt the same way. He really enjoyed it, and said he’d eat that again. He finished off his bowl, and was looking for more. He said the noodles definitely need a lighter sauce in order to be eaten.
Special Advice When Cooking Shirataki Noodles
Make sure you cook them until they are very dry. I recommend cutting them,so you can swallow them without trouble.
Would we buy it in the future?
We would not buy these in the future. We will stick to our regular or wheat pasta. I could eat them, but wouldn’t really enjoy eating them. I’d personally rather go without pasta of any kind if that was my only choice.
Remember this is only our opinions based on the way we prepared the noodles. Try them out yourself and make your own opinion!
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