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Food Review: Tofu Spaghetti

The carb-free diet craze has given pasta a horrible reputation. People think they have to ditch pasta if they are trying to lose weight, and it's just not true. Companies are even making pasta alternatives like this Tofu Shirataki ($4).

The package says it's a "spaghetti shaped noodle substitute." Mmm, sounds delicious. What's it really taste like? To find out

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I've got to say I was pretty disappointed when I read the nutritional info. This spaghetti substitute is made with tofu and yam flour, so I thought it'd be super healthy. Yes it's low in calories, but I thought it would have more protein per serving. Two grams of fiber per serving is just barely more than regular spaghetti, and for those watching their carbs, as you can see it does contain significantly less than regular pasta. As for taste, I'd rather go without pasta than eat this stuff. It had a really bizarre rubbery consistency, and the worst part is that when I opened the package, all I smelled was stinky fish, when there's no fish in this spaghetti whatsoever. I'm sorry to say that while I am a fan of tofu, I am not a fan of this tofu spaghetti.

Tofu spaghetti Regular Spaghetti Whole Wheat spaghetti
Serving Size 1/2 cup cooked 1/2 cup cooked 1/2 cup cooked
Calories 20 110 87
Total Fat .5g .65g .4g
Saturated Fat 0g .1g .2g
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg 0mg
Sodium 15mg .5mg 2mg
Carbs 3g 21.6g 18.6g
Fiber 2g 1.25g 4.25g
Sugar 0g .4g .5g
Protein 1g 5g 3.8g

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eadavenp eadavenp 9 years
I like this mixed with veggie soup or in asian type recipes. You have to rinse really really well, and if i had eaten it with sliced tomatoes and basil, I probably would have hated it too. I do prefer ronzoni healthy harvest if I am going to have pasta, but shirtaki is worth trying once, and it makes it in to my rotation every once and a while.
kerry-G kerry-G 9 years
I tried this based on Hungry Girl's book..and made the noodles with peanut butter and stuff. ICK. We didn't like it at alllllll yuck
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
These things are naaaaaasty.
brista brista 9 years
Naah. I think too much soy in a diet is almost as bad as too much meat. So even though I'm vegetarian, I don't do the whole "replace every animal-derived product with soy-derived products" thing.
itsme3683 itsme3683 9 years
Trader Joe's has whole wheat pasta with flax that is SO good. It tastes like real pasta and it's soft and delicious instead of chalky and dry. yumm, now i want pasta for dinner...
raweuthanasia raweuthanasia 9 years
i eat these all the time, granted, i have only had it in a broccoli chicken stir fry. it is one of the most filling meals i make, the whole pan is only 250 calories give or take a few and it usually turns into almost 3 meals for me (but i eat like every 3 hours). Theyre definately really good in chicken broth for the winter or when im sick.
soapbox soapbox 9 years
It looks odd. I'm all for tofu, but this just looks kind of freaky.
missyd missyd 9 years
I still don't believe Hungry Girl when she says she isn't in bed with certain food brnads (HELLLOOOO House Foods Shiritaki) IN the words of HG, "WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!" I ahve no idea what that's all about
poetess poetess 9 years
Great advertising (on the company's part)! However, I must admit that I want to try these.
superfoxml superfoxml 9 years
Do not, do NOT like Hungry Girl, because of her reliance on overly processed pseudo food. She should not say this is a good pasta sub. It's totally not gonna fill you up like pasta, nor does it have whole grains or fiber. FitSugar is right, this is shockingly non nutritional. The texture really kills this as does the smell and I don't care how well you wash it off, because it always retains the fishy odor. Please, like the other gals said, if you're decidedly anti-pasta, make spaghetti squash. Otherwise, normal whole wheat pasta will satisfy you so much more and much more for your nutritional buck.
AMP AMP 9 years
Only 20 cals / serving? Hmmm, I might have to try it. Even if I have to bury it in tasty sauce.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I have to say, I'd never heard of Hungry Girl before, but some of the subs that she offers sound pretty nasty to me. I started wrinkling my nose while reading them.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
ooh, I've been curious about these, but I'm really nervous about the smell now -- even if it comes off with a rinse, I'm super smell-sensitive and I don't know if I could separate the memory of that smell from the taste of the noodles. I think I'll stick with my whole wheat pasta for now.
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
I actually don't mind shritaki! I agree with the other posters who said it's better with Asian flavors, though - and I also agree that eating zucchini or spaghetti squash like a pasta is yummy!
joy8030 joy8030 9 years
Wow I'm shocked. I love these things. I put chicken with it and then there's tons of protein. I find them very filling. yeah, the fish smell is weird and I really try not to eat anything overly processed but these are definitely a good addition to my meal. Or even as a meal if the right things are mixed with them.
rebeccakamel rebeccakamel 9 years
i too found these through hungry girl. i think her recipes are very innovative, especially the shrimp pad thai with these noodles. I think the low calorie count is great because you could add all the veggies and protein you want and still have a pretty low-calorie meal.
tsparky tsparky 9 years
I love this stuff! It isn't a substitute for italian pasta, but is great in stirfried/asian type dishes. I love it with some stir fried veggies, calamari (or chicken, or tufu depending on whats on hand) and a soy based sauce. Super yummy, low fat, healthy meal in minutes.
lawchick lawchick 9 years
but what makes it smell like fish??? that is so gross
lizs lizs 9 years
I've tried it because I can't eat wheat...it's not the end of the world, but I've developed a lot of patience and leniency for wheat-like products. I used it in a lo mein sort of dish and it was just fine (it really needs a flavorful coating).
grapas grapas 9 years
oops...ramen with marinara sauce is what i meant!
grapas grapas 9 years
calling shirataki a "pasta alternative" is just plain wrong. Shirataki noodles are common in Japan, often added to soups and broths. The idea of substituting Shirataki for pasta to eat with tomatoes is insane. It would be like combining ramen with sauce!
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
why not just eat spaghetti squash if you don't want to eat pasta?
Kate14909563 Kate14909563 9 years
My experience was exactly like bluesuze! I couldn't get past the texture or the smell to eat more than a few bites. I am very disappointed since I love pretty much everything else from Hungry Girl.
tsp tsp 9 years
gross. my non-pasta pasta fix is this: i use my mandolin to do a thin spaghetti-like julienne of zucchini, do a quick sautee and then top it like i would pasta: a light garlic/oil with fresh tomatoes; a marina with meatballs; even pesto. it's not pasta, but it's still pretty darned good and gives me that "fix". i will eat real pasta on occasion but this is more guilt free (for me).
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