I was making a quick stop at my local health food store for some eggs. I had just gotten a dozen at the farmers market but had abused those in a couple of attempts for a clean meringue frosting. Next to the eggs I happened to see a package called No Oodles. I love new products and find reading packaging and nutrition labels entertaining, so I checked them out. They looked like wet rice or cellophane noodles but are actually made of  water, yam flour and lime. Of course I had to try them. The package didn’t include any instructions but did include a website for recipes at www.nooodles.com.

Dry frying the NoOodles

There is a basic recipe there that instructs you to rinse the noodles under cold water for 1 minute, drain, cut into desired length (these things are really long) and dry fry over medium heat in a non stick skillet until all liquid evaporates.  I had roasted vegetables left over from the previous days lunch so I decided to add them to the noodles with pasta sauce and parmesan cheese.  One note of caution, the No Oodles smell really bad when the package is opened. The smell goes away after dry frying but it was certainly not pleasant and I had to taste a very tiny piece of the finished dish before venturing any further. The noodles really have no taste of their own and they didn’t hold the sauce like pasta would and should. I thought about it and decided they might work in my Sesame noodle recipe (recipe here) or Oriental chicken soup recipe (recipe here).  The texture of the noodle was good with the peanut sauce in the Sesame noodles and they worked in the Oriental chicken soup too.

So, why would I want to use these noodles rather than just regular rice, soba noodles or pasta? According to their website, the top 10 benefits are:

  1. Zero calories
  2. Lowers calorie uptake
  3. Promotes satiety
  4. Delays hunger
  5. Modulates glucose spikes
  6. Modulates insulin surges
  7. Cholesterol reducing agent
  8. Regularity / laxative effect
  9. Anti-inflammatory activity
  10. Prebiotic activity

There is additional information for all of these benefits and more at their website if interested.

So overall, this product was ok but I really prefer rice or whole grain pasta better. Nutritionally rice and pasta are higher in protein and fiber. While the No Oodles did work in the Sesame noodles and Oriental chicken soup recipes I think I’ll stick to whole grain pasta, soba noodles or rice.

NoOodles with vegetables served with a tuna steak and asparagus

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