Main Dish Ingredients
1 bag “Miracle Noodles” (Available here or in the produce section of some grocery stores, the Amazon 6 pack is priced lower per package than my Meijer, but you may want to try a single package first and determine whether they are a good fit for you)
1 lb of frozen cooked shrimp, I typically buy the largest ones I can find in the grocery, but any size will work
1 TBS Soy Sauce
1 package matchstick carrots
1/2 lb snow peas
2 tbs refrigerated ginger
1 TBS refrigerated minced garlic
1 TBS Sesame Oil
2 green onions, chopped
sesame seeds for garnish
Side Dish Ingredients
1 tsp salt
1 cup cubed pineapple
1 cup cubed english cucumber
2 TBS Cilanto
2 tsp lime zest (approximately 1 lime)
2 TBS lime juice (approximately 1 lime)
1.) Place frozen shrimp in a strainer and run lukewarm water over to defrost.
2.) Follow directions on package for Miracle Noodles. Please see notes about miracle noodles below.
3.) Spray large wok or skillet with cooking spray and turn heat to medium. Stir-fry carrots, snow peas and peppers until softened. Add garlic and ginger to mixture and stir. Cook 1-2 minutes until garlic begins to brown. Add sesame oil and turn heat to medium-low (sesame oil will burn if the heat is too high).
4.) Add defrosted shrimp to mixture
5.) Add prepared miracle noodles to mixture
6.) Combine all side dish ingredients and serve in salad bowl
7.) Garnish shrimp mixture with green onion and sesame seeds.
All About Miracle Noodles + My Review:
Miracle Noodles are Japanese Shirataki Pasta. I read about them when searching for a lower calorie pasta alternative that was not zucchini noodles, because zucchini noodles are delicate and can break in stirfrys. They are vegan and gluten-free. The entire bag has 10 calories. They come in angel hair, fettuccini and spaghetti sizes. They even have an organic version!
What to expect:
1.) The noodles are packed in a gel and kind of look like ramen in gel in the package.
2.) They are made from a japanese yam called Konnyaku imu. The only ingredients are water, konjac flour and a calcium additive. I typically follow the “rule of 6” and (somewhat) try to avoid products with more than 6 ingredients because I generally try to “eat clean.” These noodles fit this principle.
2.) They have a distinct fishy smell due to the japanese yam they are made from. This is normal. If prepared properly, they do not have any smell when you eat them.
3.) The texture is not exactly like regular pasta. They are a little more rubbery. If prepared properly, they do not taste like anything. They will completely absorb the taste of the sauce they are served with.
4.) My husband did not believe me that they were as low in calories as they are. They are zero calories per package or 10 calories for the whole bag. We both felt that they were a great substitute for pasta given the nutritional content.
4.) I’d rate the texture a 4/10. I’d rate the overall noodles a 8/10 for anyone on a low carb, paleo, gluten free or reduced calorie diet. I based my rating on the low calorie and carb count with a point taken off for the texture and a point taken off because they are missing the pasta taste.
5.) I will be using these frequently in the future in recipes that call for pasta during cooking. I just ordered package of 6 off of Amazon. The price is lower on Amazon than at my Meijer. I will continue to use zucchini noodles in italian type dishes that do not require adding the noodles during cooking because I enjoy zucchini. I’d like to try putting the fettucini style Miracle Noodles in chicken noodle soup. I’d also like to try making lo mein with the spaghetti sized noodles.
Neither zucchini noodles or Miracle Noodles provide that delicious, sweet, gluten -filled taste of real pasta and if it’s pasta you’re craving, it might just be better to indulge in a smaller amount of real pasta. I wouldn’t call these noodles a miracle, but I do think they are an excellent substitute for pasta in some dishes.
Recipe adapted from eMeals