Friday, October 21, 2011
Bless Me Father for I Have Tofued
I have a confession. I just ate tofu, and I liked it. Wasn't that a Katy Perry song? "I ate tofu, and I liked it. The taste of . . . " No, wait, that wasn't the way the song went. Well, that doesn't change the fact that I did eat me some tofu today, and it was tasty!
The type of tofu I tried is called Shirataki. Not to be confused with shiitaki mushrooms. Shirataki is tofu shaped spaghetti noodles. Actually, shiitaki mushrooms and shirataki tofu do have something in common - my hubby won't eat either!
I have several recipes which use shirataki, and the first step is to drain and rinse the noodles. Once that was done, I decided to take the plunge. I plucked a noodle from the strainer and gave it a try. The consistency, taste, and texture was like pasta! Crazy! I know!
Here's were it gets really crazy! Let's compare nutrition. Four ounces of pasta contains 111 calories and 1 gram of fat. Four ounces of Shirataki has just 20 calories and 1/2 gram of fat!
There's one problem with the shirataki - finding them. I have looked in several Giant Eagles and Krogers without success. If a store carries them, they should be with the tofu. The only place I have found them is the Giant Eagle Marketplace in Upper Arlington only they were not with the tofu. They were with the cheese.
Coming soon, I'll share the recipe I made with the shirataki; but for now, I'll leave you with the tempting picture. Mmmm, they were soooo good!