ok, so I have been checking out low-calorie foods of all kinds and I came across this particular type of 'pasta' that is apparently made of tofu and some type of yam extract. it is supposed to be a pretty decent substitute for real pasta and it has only 20-40 calories and 3g of carbs per pack!! doesn't that just sound too good to be true?
i feel like this is coming at an appropriate time with all the discussions about dieting and the blog on side dishes that has quickly turned into a discussion on how to best warm up to tofu. this seems like a good way to go ;)
this pasta is apparently quite difficult to find but you can order them (for a bit of extra to ship them cold) on amazon.com. i will check out my local whole foods today to see what i can do.
has anybody tried them? any thoughts?
i will report back once i try and find them!
so i found the tofu noodles at whole foods (i did get distracted by all the free sample of cheese for a bit but then managed to refocus on the task at hand) and just whipped up a delicious recipe using the fettucine-shaped variety. it goes as follows:
- drain the noodles and rinse well under cold water
- cube some extra firm tofu
- heat oil in nonstick pan, fry tofu
- add bean sprouts, spinach (just the random veggies i had around, anything else will do just as well i am sure), cook
- add salt, pepper, soy sauce, a bit of ginger and a hint of tahini
- finally, add the noodles and cook until thorouhly heated
done! i just ate a huge bowl of this and the math tells me that this adds up to no more than around 250 calories (40 for the noodles! ~100 for the tofu, ~100 for the veggies and condiments).
yummy! all you tofu-phobes, low-carb and other dieters rejoice, this is definitely a valid pasta alternative and an easy way to ease into enjoying tofu. i will cook up the next pack (i bought a bunch) italia-style - with some tomatoes, onions, basil and shredded mozarella - tomorrow night.