Friday, January 28, 2011

Oriental Shirataki Noodle Soup

I made this soup using Shirataki noodles just to cut calories, but you could use any noodle you like. Udon is a tasty choice, just cook according to package directions before adding to the soup. Use about 1 cup of noodles per bowl of soup.

1 serving

1 tsp canola oil
1 tbsp diced onion
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken stock
3 baby carrots cut into matchsticks
1 tbsp thinly sliced celery
1/4 cup snowpeas sliced on diagonal
3 medium mushrooms thinly sliced
1/2 cup shredded cabbage (or Dole cole slaw mix)
Shirataki 0 calorie noodles (half or whole pack)
1 tsp Maggi liquid seasoning (or soy sauce)
pinch of black pepper
2oz cooked chicken breast, sliced
Garnish of chopped green onions or cilantro (optional)

Sautee the onions in the oil for about 2 minutes then add garlic and ginger. Sautee for another minute. Add broth, carrots, celery, snowpeas and mushrooms and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add shirataki noodles, maggi, chicken and pepper and simmer for another minute or two until noodles and chicken are heated through. Veg should still be a bit crunchy when the soup is done. Sprinkle with green onions if desired.
Only 197.6 calories for the whole bowl as per calculation.

Tip: You can really add all kinds of veggies to this soup. How about some broccoli or peas? How about some beansprouts?! Miracle Noodles are calorie, gluten, soy and practically carb free. I've tried them with Italian sauces and because of the translucent apperance the dishes just aren't appetizing to look at making them hard to eat. Also, the noodles are a little chewy. I'd recommend using Shirataki noodles in asian dishes. Like tofu, they're flavourless so they absorb whatever sauce you mix them with. And they also come made with tofu by the way. My local low carb store carries other brands of this type of noodle too. Check your area for a store or order online.

Here's what the noodle packages look like. I haven't tried the Pasta Slim yet. They do contain about 25 calories per bag where the Miracle Noodle brand has 0 but 25 compared to regular pasta is a HUGE calorie savings when you're counting.

Here's the soup with extra mushrooms and some peas in it.

- oriental shirataki noodle soup -

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