I have posted a recipe for Shirataki noodles before (Shirataki Noodle Bake) but here's a very simple one I tried a couple weeks ago. Let me preface this by saying I grew up on Ramen noodles and it has always been a favorite of mine that takes me back to my childhood, eating those long noodles with chopsticks with my Dad. But Ramen is not healthy AT ALL. One package of Top Ramen contains 380 calories, 14 g fat, 56 g carbs and 1820 mg of sodium. The fat is there because the noodles are deep fried before they are packaged.
I found a way to have the *rare* treat of a bowl of Ramen without all the damages. I bought myself an 8oz bag of Tofu Shiritaki noodles,which contains 40 calories and 6g carbs for the entire package, and counts as 2 vegetable servings "for occasional use" on Medifast.
First prep the noodles by rinsing, and rinsing, and rinsing in a colander. Then plop them in some boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Then rinse and rinse and rinse again. Then put 1/2 cup of fresh water on the stove to boil, add 1/2 packet of Ramen flavoring (from a block of Ramen... there are almost no calories, fat, or carbs in the seasoning. Just salt, etc.), then toss in the Shirataki noodles and simmer for just a minute. Turn off the heat and let them sit in the broth for 5 minutes or so to absorb the flavor. And there you have it: healthier Ramen!
Of course, this is not the most nutritious thing you could eat, but it is super filling and for only 40 calories it is awesome on a tough, hungry day or when I am PMSing. It would be healthier if you added some nutritious stuff to it, like eggs or diced chicken or some cooked broccoli or other veggies if you want to make a meal of this. Make it how you like it, and enjoy!
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