Right, this was a big thing for me to try and get over. I love Far Eastern cookery, I think I own as many Asian cook books as I do text books (which is a lot!). What attracted me to this style of cookery is that it is fast to cook, it’s fresh, healthy and, most importantly, it tastes amazing, indeed looking through several cookbooks now there are loads of recipes that are paleo already and that I know taste terrific.
The biggest bugbear of mine is noodles, personally I love them and knowing I couldn’t have them in paleo just didn’t sit right with me. I am forever searching for ways to make food that I know and love into paleo with minimal effort and minimal fuss.
It seems that I’m not the only one who is asking about noodles and paleo. I came across a Q&A session on Paleo Plan about shirataki noodles. I have eaten them before and cooked with them and personally loved them though they are not for everyone (apparently). The gist of the article says that these noodles aren’t paleo according to the original diet laid out by Cordain or Wolf but then again neither was sweet potato and look how that’s taken off now (though I’m sure the paleo purists will look down their noses at sweet potato).
CAUTION: Some packs will be mixed with tofu to ‘add flavour’, obviously these are not paleo and should be avoided. Always read what you buy, they like to sneak non-paleo items into food where they can!
For those who have never heard of/used these noodles before they are made from the root of a Japanese plant and are basically just water and fibre; this can’t be a bad thing. You may see them advertised as yam noodles thought strictly speaking they’re not from a traditional ‘yam’. They often come in a bag of water which must not be used to cook with and the beauty is that these noodles soak up the flavour of anything you put with them. I will post up some recipes in the future with these amazing noodles and try them for yourself and see how goo they are.
I know there are lots of paleo recipes using spaghetti squash in place of spaghetti to make ‘pasta and meatballs ala paleo’ but that doesn’t quite cut it with me. The fact is that these noodles aren’t going to be eaten every day and won’t be a predominant feature in the meal so what’s the harm? They have fibre in them (which for a high protein diet is much needed though I know you can get it from the vegetables, I’m just defending the noodle corner here), they are not made from rice or starchy flour and to be quite honest life is too short. Food should be enjoyed and pleasurable at all times and I feel that these noodles should have a place at the paleo table, just not on a daily basis.
- Shirataki Noodles (thepaleolist.com)