Lately, everyone has been talking to me about this zero calorie pasta that acts as a natural appetite suppressant: konjac. To be able to eat pasta without getting fat, of course, that makes you want! I didn’t need more, I took the plunge and tested these funny Japanese noodles.
Konjac is the super trendy slimming food of the moment. This tuber straight from Japan can easily replace pasta or rice. With one major advantage: if a portion of starchy foods represents more than 200 kcal, a portion of konjac contains about fifteen! No wonder we all start …
Neither one nor two, I go to the nearest supermarket. Concretely, it comes in the form of shirataki (a kind of spaghetti) of kishimen (in the shape of tagliatelle) or even of gohan (small pearls that look like rice). They are found in portions of 150 or 200 grams in the slimming department, for 2-3 €. You’ll also find it in any Asian grocery store. Come on, in my basket!
No, konjac is not tasteless!
When I arrive in my kitchen, I go on the attack! Finally, I first read the instructions, just to do anything … Shirataki are packed in a sachet containing a liquid, so you have to rinse them before cooking. I was told that when it opened, their smell would be unpleasant, so I expected the worst. In the end, they just smell like iodized water, which the rinsing will dissipate. Then, just cook them for two minutes in boiling water, child’s play!
As I was warned that alone, these pastas did not have much taste, I try a slightly more elaborate preparation. An onion, a pepper, a little tomato sauce, Provencal herbs, salt, pepper… which I brown in a pan. Tasteless in itself, konjac takes on the taste of what we associate it with. For me who loves herbs and spices, it’s perfect!
I digest better since I eat konjac
There comes the fateful moment to taste my little preparation and … it’s pretty good! After the first surprise due to the texture – a little more chewy and crunchy than pasta – I notice that the shirataki have taken on the flavor of the other ingredients. I totally agree.
So I decide to extend this test: for three weeks, I take my little bento every lunchtime to the work canteen. In the evening, I eat light and balanced, and make myself a little more happy at weekends. The first result, obvious, is felt as soon as I leave the table. Often bloated because of the industrial food in the cafeteria, I now feel light … but still full! I’m not hungry anymore, but no feeling of overflow. In the long term, the balance needle swings to the left. Yes!
My konjac recipe ideas
For me, cooking is a bit of a feeling: according to the inspiration of the moment but also according to what I find in my fridge. Here are some recipe ideas that I tried a little bit at random during these three weeks of testing, and that I found quite good.
Tagine-style stir-fry shirataki
Cook the shirataki for 2 min in boiling water.
Inflate 15 g raisins in a bowl of hot water.
Mince an onion. Brown it in a pan with a tablespoon of rapeseed oil.
Dice a fish fillet or chicken breast and brown it with the onions.
Add the shirataki, the drained raisins, 15 g of cashews and a tablespoon of soy sauce.
Sprinkle with paprika, salt, pepper, and mix well.
Chicken and Pepper Kishimen
Cook the kishimen for 2 min in boiling water.
Chop an onion and a pepper. Brown them in the pan with a tablespoon of olive oil.
Dice the chicken cutlet. Cook it with the vegetables.
Add the kishimen. Sprinkle with thyme. Salt and pepper. Mix well.
Pan-fried gohan and Provencal tofu
Cook the gohan for 2 min in boiling water.
Mince an onion and brown it in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil.
Wash and cut a zucchini into rings. Cook it with the onions.
Dice 150 g of tofu and add it to the preparation.
Add the gohan, a tablespoon of soy sauce and sprinkle with Provencal herbs. Add salt and pepper. Mix well.
Read also :
– Konjac: where to buy it, how to cook it?
– Our konjac slimming recipes
– All the slimming secrets of Japanese women
And also Which diet to choose after 60 years? on Serengo, the site for seniors who are young in spirit!
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