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Hungry Girl Today: 3.05.09

WEEKLY WEIGH-IN

Oooooh, it's an all-new ULTIMATE CHEWDOWN! This time we're attacking all
things noodles. So break out your favorite spaghetti-swirling fork and get
ready for a noodle party...


I'm not a fan of Tofu Shirataki noodles. What can I do to make them more
enjoyable?

There are two schools of thought regarding Tofu Shirataki. There are the
LOVERS and the HATERS. Very few people are on the fence about this. (It's
kind of like cilantro in that sense, but that's another story.) We're convinced
that people who don't love Tofu Shirataki noodles simply don't know how to
use them. Here's EVERYTHING you need to know for prepping these noodley
pals of ours. (Pssst... look for them with the Asian items in the fridge section
of the grocery store.)

1. An entire 8-oz. bag has just 40 calories. An 8-oz. package of regular pasta
has TWENTY times as many calories. You can eat SO MUCH MORE Tofu
Shirataki than regular pasta for the same number of calories! Please
consider this when preparing (and chewing) them.

2. These noodles need to be rinsed thoroughly and dried well... very well.
Dry them INSANELY well. Blot them with paper towels (repeatedly!) or stir-
fry 'em over medium heat until they are completely dry. Get all the moisture
out. ALL of it.

3. They're CRAZY-long and unwieldy. They should be cut up a bit (with
kitchen shears, or carefully with a knife), no matter how you wind up using
them.

4. They work best with thick, creamy (guilt-free!) sauces -- The Laughing
Cow Light cheese wedges are a fantastic sauce ingredient for these noodles.
Red sauces -- especially thin ones -- don't work quite as well. Tofu
Shirataki's also great in soups, casseroles, and stir-frys.

ENJOY!!!!!



Sometimes I absolutely NEED pasta -- like REAL pasta. What kind do you
recommend?

Good question. There are a few okay choices if you NEED regular pasta.
Whole-wheat pasta is a decent option because it has more fiber (so it's
slightly more filling) and is better for you than plain old pasta. But my
ultimate pasta pick if you want good old-fashioned noodle-ness without too
many calories is FiberGourmet Light pasta. The FG people make a slew of
varieties -- ALL really amazingly fantastic and WAY lower in calories than the
regular stuff. This pasta's also completely PACKED with fiber. You know they
make mac & cheese, too, right? (Click here to see how it stacks up against
the regular kind.) We're a little bit FiberGourmet obsessed -- we write about
it all the time! Click here to see where it's sold or here to order online.



What can I use as a low-calorie spaghetti swap with marinara sauce? Do you
like spaghetti squash?

Gotta be honest here, we're not huge fans of spaghetti squash. A lot of
people email us about using spaghetti squash as a pasta swap with red
sauce, and we've tried it, but there are other veggie options that we like
better. The first is bean sprouts. The next is broccoli cole slaw, which is just
shredded broccoli stalks, shredded carrots, and shredded red cabbage.
Either of those (or BOTH together!) make a great pasta swap. Just stir-fry
the veggies with a tiny bit of water for about 5 - 7 minutes over highish heat
(until they're limp), and then add tomato sauce (or Amy's Chunky Tomato
Bisque). Finish it off with some reduced-fat Parm-style grated topping. IT IS
SOOOOOOO FANTASTIC, SO low in calories, and truly a great
spaghetti "taste-alike." Try it!



What are some of your favorite noodley recipes?

There are so many! But here goes:

Rockin' Tuna Noodle Casserole

So Low Mein w/ Chicken

Fettuccine Hungry Girlfredo (a bazillion varieties, and we've got the stats
for 'em made with all types of pasta)

Noodlicious Zucchini Pancakes (click & scroll to the bottom)

Veggie-rific Noodle-Free Lasagna (noodle-less, but so good!)



Anything else I should know about noodles?

YES! Click here for some noodle shockers, product reviews, and more...

Happy chewing!


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