We all know that instant noodles are a staple of college life. They’re cheap, filling, and super easy to make.
Me too, Cookie Monster. Me too.
Unfortunately they’re filled with sodium, MSG, and many artificial preservatives that result in empty calories.
Never fear- there is a healthy alternative for instant noodles, and the best part is that you don’t even have to cook them at all! They’re called Shirataki noodles- just open the pack, drain, rinse, and serve. It can’t get any easier than that.
Shirataki noodles come in many options- macaroni, spaghetti, fettuccine, and angel hair. Let’s compare the label of a pack of ramen with Shirataki noodles.
Many people don’t realize that a pack of ramen typically has two servings, so they make the entire pack for themselves. One serving of ramen has 38 percent of your daily value of sodium- that means that a whole pack has almost a whole day’s daily serving of sodium! Notice the barrage of artificial ingredients on the left side- Autolyzed yeast extract? Powdered Chicken? Yum…
Shirataki noodles are actually made of a root vegetable, and contain little to no fat. There are definitely no artificial ingredients. Another bonus is that they are extremely low in calories, and they’re vegan. Quest, the company that makes Quest bars, makes their own version of the Shirataki noodle.
Disclaimer- You can definitely tell the difference between regular noodles and Shirataki noodles. Shirataki noodles are very jelly-like. They also smell a little like fish when they come out of the pack. My suggestions: rinse the noodles well. Although you can technically eat them out of the pack, I heat them up in the microwave. You can also mix one part ramen with one part Shirataki noodles as a compromise.
You can find Shirataki noodles at some American supermarkets. I buy mine at the Asian food store. I suggest getting the Shirataki with tofu because they are a little more like normal noodles. They have to be refrigerated so make sure that you have space in your fridge.
You can put any sauce on top of Shirataki noodles- tomato, pesto, etc. I love peanut butter noodles, so here’s my recipe. The best part is that it’s vegan!
Edamame is of my favorite vegetables, and it’s so easy to make in my room. I buy a bag of frozen edamame and simply heat up as much as I want in a mug. I love being able to eat vegetables whenever I want them.
Better Peanut Butter Noodles
You’ll probably have leftovers… unless it’s one of those days
One pack of Shirataki spaghetti noodles or Half a pack of ramen and half a pack of Shirataki spaghetti noodles
Two tablespoons Trader Joe’s Natural Peanut Butter
One teaspoon soy sauce
Siriracha hot sauce for topping
Ground peanuts for topping
Your choice of veggies
Open the pack of Shirataki noodles over the sink. Rinse four or five times with cold water. Microwave for two minutes. If you’re using ramen and Shirataki, break the ramen block in half, prepare as usual, and then combine the rinsed Shirataki noodles with the cooked ramen. Microwave for two minutes.
Mix peanut butter and soy sauce with noodles. Top with peanut pieces and hot sauce. Serve with veggies.
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