I have always been a fan of Hungry Girl, and I can remember the very early days of Lisa Lillien and her HG newsletter. I was a follower of WW at the time and her emails were packed with tidbits of WW related information. The she had hundreds of followers and a limited website, now she has hundreds of thousands of followers and a few books up her sleeve. For quite some time she has raved about this low cal (20) shirataki noodles, which are basically tofu. I lived in Oklahoma at the time and could not track these down. Once I moved to Michigan, I had forgotten about these little gems. Now, here I am, still in Michigan, almost three years later and have finally found my ‘spark’ to get my health back on track. I got reacquainted with Hungry Girl and become more of a consistent user of SparkPeople.
Last week while checking out the produce, organic, and soy section of a newer market in town (I got tired of driving to the cheaper market 20 minutes away) I looked in the middle of all the blocks of tofu and there to my amazement were these little bags of noodles ($2.50 a bag!). I was pretty excited but I have to tell you, I had NO idea what to do with them. One week later, I finally decided to try them. Reading the package directions one will see that it tells you to rinse and par boil to get rid of the “authentic” smell. Whatever the heck that is. I opened the package (oh! That is what that smell is! Ew, sort of fishy, and fish doesn’t bother me, but this was weird), drained; put them in a pot of water with a chicken bullion cube hoping they would retain some of that flavor. One thing about tofu, there is no flavor. Cubed or noodle, it is pretty plain. I let them boil for a few minutes and drained them again. Thinking about how much I like elbow macaroni with a bit of spray butter, salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, I thought that would be the way to go. I was not in the mood for stir fry, and the sun is shining too nicely for me to want soup. I made the wrong choice. Ew. Just ew. I put one bight in my mouth, chewed, swallowed, and got a faint fishy smell. It made me a bit funny feeling so I just chucked it all in the trash. Oh man, that is just wrong. Perhaps it was not a good day for buttered noodles after all. I do not want to give up on these almost calorie free gems, but I cannot afford to throw away $2.50 on another package with the hopes another recipe will be better. I will have to think about this one for a while. I am pretty happy with 2 ounces of spaghetti with a can of spinach and a can of diced tomatoes for a nice pasta meal. Tofu noodles may not be the way to go.