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  • shirataki noodles--are they primal?

    Not the tofu kind, but the regular kind made with some kind of yam. I know it's processed food, but is it horribly bad or okay occasionally?

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  • #2
    It's practically pure tuber starch. Go for it.

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    • #3
      It's probably harmless. When I lived in Japan bricks of konjac would show up everywhere.

      I use shredded zucchini myself, it seems better at absorbing sauce.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by picklepete View Post
        I use shredded zucchini myself, it seems better at absorbing sauce.
        Mmm.... best money I ever spent (and it wasn't much anyway) was for a spiralizer. Zucchini noodles are SO good heated in a pan and covered in butter and Parmesan.
        Durp.

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        • #5
          How do you guys make them (the shirataki noodles) taste good? I've bought them twice and ended up throwing them out both times because they're so rubbery. Maybe the ones I used were tofu though, I don't remember (this was pre-primal)

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          • #6
            Konjac root shiritake noodles are OK, but, as pointed out are just about pure dietary fiber. I found them to have a digestive plugging up effect.

            I prefer seaweed noodles. The Sea Tangle brand is the one I use.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by PrimalStudent View Post
              How do you guys make them (the shirataki noodles) taste good? I've bought them twice and ended up throwing them out both times because they're so rubbery. Maybe the ones I used were tofu though, I don't remember (this was pre-primal)
              They are naturally rubbery and have a flavor that seems to go best with Japanese food. People who try to substitute them for regular noodles usually don't like them.

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              • #8
                I was making spiral zucchini sautéed in butter for months as a side dish before I ever tried it as a pasta substitute. I was sure it would be a pathetic disappointment. Then one day I was combining leftovers from different meals and put some marinara and meatballs over some spiral zucchini. I have to say I liked it *more* than pasta. The texture was like al dente, but better. Subsequently, I tried steamed spiral zucchini without the butter sauté and the texture was not as good. I'm going to try it with an Alfredo sauce next.

                I have also done a mixture of spiral carrot and zucchini with Asian meatballs and that was also delish. DH likes the carrot, DD the zucchini, I like them both. They are beautiful together.

                I've been looking for shirataki noodles, but haven't had much luck. At this point, I think I don't care.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RitaRose View Post
                  Mmm.... best money I ever spent (and it wasn't much anyway) was for a spiralizer. Zucchini noodles are SO good heated in a pan and covered in butter and Parmesan.
                  I've been thinking about getting one of those spiral thingies!! I may just have to go for it. :-)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by pollo_la View Post
                    I've been thinking about getting one of those spiral thingies!! I may just have to go for it. :-)
                    This is the one I have, and I've really been happy with it. It's got a few different blades, and has held up so far. Not bad for 26 bucks.
                    Durp.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
                      It's practically pure tuber starch. Go for it.
                      Nope, it's the fiber, not the starch. Which means it may cause bloating and indigestion for some. But as long as it's not the tofu variety, it's effectively zero carbs and not a horrible option either.

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                      • #12
                        "Miracle noodles" makes it sound like a scam. I eat them occasionally because they are Japanese food.

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                        • #13
                          Yeah, My BSometer goes off when anything has "miracle" in the name.

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                          These are the kelp noodles I was talking about. They have regular kelp noodles, kelp noodles with green tea added, and a mixed sea veggies kind that is my favorite.

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                          • #14
                            LOVE kelp noodles but they are kinda pricey.. which is too bad! I can eat them all the time!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by RitaRose View Post
                              This is the one I have, and I've really been happy with it. It's got a few different blades, and has held up so far. Not bad for 26 bucks.
                              Does anyone know where I can pick one of these up in a store? I don't really want to order one ha. Also, $35 seems like a bummer of an investment for something I may not like a lot.

                              I recently tried spaghetti squash and was unimpressed. I ate it, but I tried it with a homemade cheese sauce and it was only OK. I think spaghetti sauce might need a richer sauce, such as alfredo, or even butter/parmesean.

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