Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Miracle Noodle: Hot or Not



Read that label and tell me these Miracle Noodles don't sound like a magical bag of goodness that you don't wanna just run right out and try right this second?! I can't even tell y'all how many posts and articles I've seen online and on social media recently about these infamous Shirataki noodles. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this popular noodle substitute that is taking the low-carb world by storm, let me clue you in! Known for its health benefits for 2000 years in China and Japan, Shirataki is made from the root plant called the Konnyaku Imo. Shiratake is made only from the soluble fiber of the plant, making it extremely low in calories and zero carbs! Miracle? Maybe so. 

Needless to say, the anticipation to try this item was high and I've heard mixed reviews: some people love them and say they are a newfound miracle to the low carb diet world. Some people don't like the texture, some people can't even tell they're not eating a normal noodle, it's really all over the board. That being said, when I saw on Miracle Noodle's Instagram that their products were now being sold in Whole Foods and Sprouts, I knew I had to make a trip to my neighborhood Sprouts to pick up a few bags and experiment! #fortheloveoftheblog

Online, I saw the fettucine noodles, the spinach noodles, ziti noodles and the angel hair but I picked up 2 bags of the angel hair because this pasta-loving girl adores some angel hair. It's always been a favorite over the traditional spaghetti noodles. And side note, I can't even believe I'm saying this but it's been well over a year since I've enjoyed pasta. How is that even possible?! Can I get a "hallelujah"? Christmas miracle, people! 

In preparation for making the noodles, I found myself reaching out to people on Instagram who I knew loved the product to get their tips and tricks on cooking them properly. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, told me it was so incredibly important to rinse them thoroughly and to saute them in a pan for 10-15 minutes to dry them out after boiling them. I also heard that if you saute them after that in a robust, flavorful sauce, the noodles really take on the flavor of the sauce.. thus making them a miracle and magical. Knowing that I had a little more information about the product besides the package's instructions made me feel a little more confident and I followed them exactly. Below, here's what they look like as they're boiling. Surprisingly looking like rice noodles, am I right?



My initial thoughts on the smell of the product were that it smelled 100%, without a shadow of a doubt, no lie like Nikelodeon Gak. Do you remember that stuff? 



Blast from the past! And totally my childhood right there. 

Even my husband agreed that it had the exact same smell without me prompting him. This did not excite me, let me just tell ya! Gak.. noodles.. say it ain't so!

I decided to add my 2 packages of Miracle Noodles to my low carb homemade meat marinara sauce and although I followed the instructions I was given, let me just say that I was sadly less than pleased with the result. It looked like normal noodles, didn't have any sort of funky smell that I was actually anticipating once they were in the sauce, and really, looking at the picture below- doesn't it look like a delicious little bowl of goodness?



The mouth feel for me, personally, was that of rubber bands and because of that, after a few chews, my small bite may or may not have not gone down my throat. And further, there may or may not have been a  Whataburger bunless burger for each of us shortly thereafter for our actual dinner because this wasn't gonna cut it. #noshame

I was, however, super impressed that the smell of the noodles in the package didn't impact the taste at all because they literally tasted like nothing when intermixed with the sauce. My issue was really just the texture. If you're at all funny or picky about textures, know ahead of time that these may not be a favorite. If you don't mind chewing your noodles extra and the slimey-ness isn't something that bothers you, you may really love these. 

I just really can't see myself reaching for a "noodle" that is super chewy and rubber-y when I really, really enjoy zucchini noodles and spaghetti squash versions of pasta. For me, the veggie noodles that I make fresh with my Veggetti are a miracle in themselves and they totally cure any pasta craving I've had for over a year now.. and we enjoy them so much! I've even converted my pasta-loving parents to zucchini noodles and spaghetti squash, which is a huge win in my book. 

Overall, Miracle Noodles were no miracle in my life and I'm gonna have to pass on ever touching, eating, looking at, smelling trying them again but I am so happy that I finally hopped on the bandwagon to try them out! I am really trying to branch out and experiment with different cult favorites and new foods to incorporate in our day to day food routine. I've said it once but I'll say it again- it can be so easy to keep going back to the foods that are easy and that you know you love and can have on your low- carb plan. Or really any plan, for that matter. I will mention that I have seen so many people loving them and transforming them into macaroni, ziti, spaghetti bakes- I've seen it all and they all look incredible. My opinions and thoughts are completely my own and I know that even though I wasn't a fan, some of you will probably try and love them.. and I truly hope that you make them soon and love them more than I did. I wanted to love them so much. SO much! 

Have you tried shirataki noodles? If so, what was your experience? I would love to hear from you!

Happy Wednesday, lovelies! How is tomorrow already Christmas Eve? How is that even possible? Have a wonderful day!

XOXO

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