A different kind of noodle.
House Foods offers a line of noodles called Tofu Shirataki, and these are no ordinary noodles. The noodles are made from a blend of flour from the konjac yam--a member of the Asian yam family--and tofu. Other companies make noodles from the konjac yam, but the added tofu in this particular product gives it a denser texture. The result is a vegan, kosher, gluten-flee, and low-carb pasta alternative. One serving contains only 20 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrates. There are four different varieties of noodles: fettuccine, macaroni, angel hair, and spaghetti. Preparation is quick and simple: Rinse the noodles thoroughly to get rid of the tofu smell, drain, and parboil for 3 minutes or microwave for 1 minute. Don't forget to dry the noodles thoroughly, as they can be slimy! We suggest using paper towels and pressing down gently to remove as much of the liquid as possible. Use these noodles for soup, stir-fry, pasta salad, and just about any dish that requires pasta. Try mixing in your favorite vegan tomato or alfredo sauce with some steamed veggies, and the result is a healthy and light entree that can be enjoyed at home or on the go. Look for more recipes like Tuscan Noodle Soup and Pan Fried Noodles on their website. Tofu Shirataki noodles are available at natural food stores and select supermarkets nationwide. To learn more, write to House Foods America Corporation at 7351 Orangewood Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92841, or call (714) 901-4350. Visit their website at www. house-foods.com. Written by Karen Leibowitz, VRG intern.