Surviving the South Beach Diet: Shiritaki noodles are sent from heaven

South Beach Diet 
Phase 1 & 2 Approved
One thing you may miss out on during the South Beach Diet is the lovely deliciousness of pasta. It’s cheap, versatile and can be oh so good. While whole wheat pasta in Phase 2 is allowed, some find the texture of it undesirable. My quick fix is a bag of Shiritaki noodles.
These odd noodles are made of tofu and konjac flour, and at 20 calories per serving, are as close as you can get eating air. And be cause they don’t require the regular boiling method of pasta, they are also quick and easy.  My preferred brand is House Foods Tofu Shiritaki. They come in a variety of shapes to mimic pasta like angel hair, fettucine, spaghetti, and macaroni. 
House Foods Tofu Shiritaki facts:
  • LOW CARB – only 3g of carbs per serving
  • LOW CALORIE – 20 calories per 4 oz serving
  • FIBER – 2g per serving
Here’s how I usually prepare it:
I most often prepare the noodles with an asian style peanut sauce of my own making. Alone, they are tasteless, so make sure you use lots of flavor. I blend peanut butter, garlic, chili-garlic sauce, seasoning (such as old bay and salt) along with low sodium soy sauce, to taste and texture. You can pop the mixture in the microwave for a few seconds make it easier to blend.
I don’t always add veggies, but in this case, i stirred up some frozen stir fry mix in the skillet. You can also use fresh ingredients like onions or peppers.

Drain your noodles in a strainer under hot water for about 3 minutes or so. The liquid that the noodles come in stinks to high heaven, but don’t be alarmed. After rinsing, your noodles will be odorless and tasteless. Just be sure to do a thorough job.
I then add the noodles into the pan and let them make contact with the bottom for a few minutes. You could also microwave or boil them, but this is my preferred method. They are already cooked, but I think this step just affects the final texture. They don’t really burn, so you won’t have to add oil in this step. You may add whatever you like after.
After the veggies are cooked and the noodles have heated for a bit, you can pour on your sauce mix.

And voila! You have a delicious meal for one or a nice healthy side dish. You can prepare more or less saucy depending on your preferences. I tend to change it up each time. I haven’t dared to try shiritaki with tomato based sauces, but they are delicious with a light, no sugar added alfredo sauce like Ragu sells. I’ve added onions and turkey sausage or chicken meatballs to that and it tastes divine. The next experiment is pesto!
Let me know if you try this or any other combinations. There are lots of possibilities out there.

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