how the heck do the words noodles and zero carb happen in one recipe: Shirataki Noodles!

I will show you a specific technique to cooking these magical noodles, which i will expound on in this recipe :)

If you are not familiar with Shirataki noodles they are a traditional Japanese noodle made from the konjac yam; specifically from glucomannan fiber. A soluble fiber that is a prebiotics so can actually support weight loss... while having ZERO carbs and almost zero calories !!! only 8 calories for a giant batch of super tasty noodles!

so at this point you are probbably thinking, great, but where the heck can i get those?!
here she goes again with one of those "I have never heard of that" ingredients...
well guess what...Amazon! yep you can get them on Amazon :)
Just go to Amazon and search for "Zero Noodles", specifically the "original" noodle shape of this brand, they have a few such as penne and fettuccine which will not work in this recipe.
Oddly you need to just search for "Zero Noodles" on Amazon, if you type "zero noodles original" you get a ton of other brands.

**a little correction. One of my subscribers has very lindly alerted me that this brsnd takes a MONTH to be delivered on Amazon... sooo i quickly tested another brand called "miracle noodles" their angel hair pasta shape worked perfectly and is available on Amazon Prime!! They just needed a longer dry roast in the pan, close to 30min. Keep toasting the noodles (description below) until they no longer look completely white, and they should look very lightly "singed/burnt" Please let me know in comments of you need any further assistance or have any feedback for me :)

I love this brand for 2 reasons:

1) you can find them on Amazon! And you can find them at Whole Foods too, they are stored in the Asian foods aisle, somewhere next to the coconut milk and other kinds of noodles. I suggest to look it up on Amazon to know what the package looks like, this will make it easier for you to find it at the store.

2) this brand's "original" noodle shape is very very thin, and therefore much easier to handle in recipes... i will explain more below.

Difficulty level: beginner

equipment needed: 12" nonstick pan

prep time: 15 minutes

cook time: 25 minutes

What you need:

  • 2 packages "Zero Noodles" rinsed and drained. yes you can make only 1 packet, but TRUST ME make 2! This will disappear very very quickly once made... lets just say the first time i made a successful batch (after a few not so successful ones) didn't make it to the photo shoot the next day!!! lol I'm not proud of it, but that's how it went down (no pun!). This brand's original noodle shape is super thin, which makes dry toatsting them much much easier, not to mention faster:)
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas trimmed
  • 1 carrot sliced thinly into julienne pieces, you can also use a vegetable peeler and make carrot ribbons
  • 2 tbsp green onions
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger grated (grate on a cheese grater or micropane), if you choose to use dry ginger powder only use 1/4 tsp.
  • 1/2 tsp grated garlic (grate on a cheese grater or micropane)
  • 7 tbsp broth of choice

noodle seasoning sauce:

  • 1/4 tsp fresh grated ginger (grate on a cheese grater or micropane) if you choose to use dry ginger powder only use 1/4 tsp.
  • 1/2 tsp grated garlic (grate on a cheese grater or micropane)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or braggs liquid aminos
  • 1 tsp vinegar. only use rice wine vinegar (unsweetened) white vinegar or champagne vinegar. other vinegars such as apple cider vinegar do not work well at all (yep i tried it)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tsp powdered stevia. start with 1 tsp, and taste, as the need to sweeten will vary based on the vinegar you use.

stir-fry sauce:

  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce or braggs liquid aminos
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp stevia
  • 1/2 tbsp broth (whichever broth/stock you prefer)
  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil

What to do:

  • mix all "noodle sauce" ingredients un til well combined, taste and adjust with more stevia if needed.
  • mix all stir-fry sauce ingredients and set aside. taste and adjust with more stevia if needed.
  • Ok this is THE KEY: you must "Dry toast" the noodles! Preheat the pan to medium high, very lightly spray with oil, or use 1/4 tsp oil. once pan is heated, add the noodles, spread out in the pan, and toast flipping every 3 minutes or so, for 15 minutes. the noodles should look drier, shrunken and very lightly "burnt", if they are not, toast 3 minutes more
  • remove noodles into large flat Tupperware, and immediately pour the noodles sauce over them evenly and mix well with two utensils. set aside this step is secret number 2 , it ensures amazing flavorful noodles, as opposed to sauce repelling flavorless noodles.
  • return the pan to the heat on medium. add 1/2 tsp oil, add 1/2 tsp grated garlic, let sizzle in oil for 30 seconds, add grated ginger and mix with garlic, cook 30 seconds more.
  • quickly add 2 tbsp broth to the pan to prevent the garlic from burning, add carrots and 2 more tablespoons of broth, increase heat to medium high; cook 2 minutes
  • add snap peas with 3 remaining tablespoons of broth and continue cooking 2 more minutes stirring.
  • add noodles and sir-fry sauce, mix well and cook 1 more minutes, remove from heat
  • immediately add green onions & cilantro. VOILA guilt-free- noodle-heaven!!!

now! i MUST say this, this is an awesome way to deal with noodle cravings, a fantastic snack when you are having a 9pm (or 11pm!) snack attack, the perfect bowl of guilt free noodles to have while prepping dinner if you are starving...
BUT! this literally has ZERO carbs and almost no calories, soooo if you just came back from the gym, a run, a hike; that is not the time to have this! Post workout your body needs some carbs to replenish glycogen stores (energy stored in muscles and liver) to keep you healthy and strong. had to say this, because remember our main goal is Health! :)