When you crave a bowl of pasta, but forgo it because of the calories or carbs, consider a bowl of the gluten-free, plant based product called Miracle Noodles.
I am not sure how I never knew about these noodles before a few months ago. I was surprised to find how tasty, low cal, and healthy these noodles can be when paired with a favorite oil-free sauce.
I also found that not all konjac flour noodles are the same. The ingredients vary by brand so you need to read the package ingredients carefully.
What are Miracle Noodles Made From?
Miracle Noodles and Miracle Rice are Shirataki noodles, and have been enjoyed in Japan for over 1,400 years. “Shirataki” is Japanese for “white waterfall,” which describes the noodles’ translucent appearance.
The noodles and rice products are made from the Konjac plant. They are 97% water and 3% soluble fiber – called glucomannan – plus a natural calcium additive to help the noodles keep their shape. They’re also very low in calories and contain no digestible carbs.
What Do Shirataki Noodles Taste Like?
Shirataki noodles have no taste, but take on the flavor of whatever sauce you mix in with them.
How to Cook Shirataki Noodles?
When cooking Shirataki noodles boil them first for a few minutes, then place in a frying pan to continue cooking. While boiling konjac noodles is not necessary to cook them, boiling does improve their flavor and texture – less crisp or rubbery, and more like an al dente pasta.
What is the Best Way to Store Miracle Noodles?
Unopened packages of Miracle Noodles/Rice can be stored in your pantry as they are shelf stable. Refrigerating them is also an option.
Once the bag is opened and you decide to only eat half a bag, place the unprepared portion in water in a sealed container and refrigerate. These noodles will last another 7 days this way. It is recommended to change the water every couple of days.
When the noodles are already prepared in a sauce, refrigerate in a sealed container, and the noodles will last another 2-4 days in the fridge depending on the sauce.
Noodle/Rice leftovers can be reheated for a short time in the microwave or on the stove.
Can You Freeze Shirataki Noodles?
DO NOT freeze Miracle Noodles as freezing will make them inedible.
Not All Shirataki Noodles Are the Same
When purchasing Shirataki/konjac noodles read the package labels. I bought NaSoya Pasta Zero spaghetti at my local supermarket and it was horrible. I would not recommend this brand.
I tried a few packages just to make sure I didn’t just get a bad one, but they all smelled like fish and on closer inspection had a list of other ingredients in them that I didn’t want. I ended up throwing them out.
There are other brands of Shirataki noodles that I have not tried yet that may be good – these brands are called Smart Noodles and Healthy Noodles.
When eating WFPB – Look for brands with only the ingredients: Water, Konjac flour and citric acid.
Where Can You Buy Miracle Noodles?
I found the Miracle Noodle brand at my local health food store and online (see resources below.) I have made the spaghetti, angel hair, fettuccine and rice.
I have used some of my favorite WFPB dressings and sauces and like all of them, but my favorite by far is making a kale based pesto sauce which tastes so good. The recipe is below.
Besides the pasta shapes Miracle Noodle makes, the product also comes in a rice shape.
Once you rinse and drain the noodles or rice, you can boil first for a few minutes and then heat in a non-stick frying pan until they are dry.
Then you add the sauce and whatever else you desire to the mix. I mixed Golden Turmeric dressing with this batch of Miracle Rice I had for an afternoon snack.
If you haven’t tried Miracle Noodles yet and like pasta, but not the calories, carbs or WW points they have – give these noodles a try.
If you have tried them and like them, what sauces do you mix in with them?
Miracle Noodle Spaghetti Kale Pesto Bowl
- 1 non-stick pan
- 1 colander
- 1 small avocado pitted
- 4 cups baby kale or Arugula
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast plus a bit more to garnish
- 1/4 tsp sea salt or more to taste
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 package Miracle Noodles spaghetti or angel hair
- 1 small tomato diced
- Place a pot of water on the stove and set to boil.
- Add the avocado, kale, garlic, nutritional yeast, sea salt and lemon juice to a food processor and process until smooth. Set aside.
- Open a package of Miracle Noodles and rinse well in a colander under running water according to the package directions.
- Place the rinsed noodles into a pot of boiling water. Let boil for about 5 minutes, then drain.
- Place the just boiled noodles in a non-stick frying pan. When the noodles are dry after about 5-8 minutes transfer the hot noodles to a mixing bowl and add as much sauce to suit your taste.
- Place noodles on a plate and garnish with fresh tomato and nutritional yeast.
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