is it really a miracle? my thoughts on the Miracle Noodle

miracle noodle bowldon’t expect a miracle
Have you heard of these noodles? They are made of soluble plant fiber so they have no calories, no carbs, no protein, no fat… no nothing! For some reason there’s something about “no nothing” foods that creep me out. In fact, I have a couple of Walden Farms syrups that are also “no nothing” foods that also freaks me out. I keep thinking about what sorts of weird science has to happen in order to makes these things {hmmm… }. Ok, snap out of it! Let’s give them a try.

The Miracle Noodle comes in a variety of shapes to imitate pasta such as angel hair, ziti, and even rice. I got the fettuccini kind; when I opened the package my first thought was… {wait, I can’t even think} what is that smell!? It had a very strong, chemically smell to it and wondered if maybe it had gone bad. I decided to follow the instructions it provided. Apparently you are supposed to dump the water it comes in and rinse it. Oh good! maybe the smell will go away. I did that and it still smelled funky. Perhaps it doesn’t taste like it smells. I put a little bit in my mouth, it didn’t taste like anything in particular but it did have a gummy consistency.

i think i ate a cow
I made two different things with them. On a skillet I was making a meaty tomato sauce with a half a package of lean ground turkey I had in the fridge. I used about 1/4 of the Miracle Noodle to make lasagna cups and put the rest of the noodles in a bowl and it ate it with the tomato sauce. I soon realized this was a bowl of mostly protein (considering the noodles provide no nutrition) and since I’m not following a low carb diet I decided to eat it with a couple of slices of toasted cranberry walnut bread (my favorite!). Overall, I thought it was eh ok. I wasn’t really loving it and I didn’t think it did a good job at substituting pasta. I would’ve preferred something like spaghetti squash for a low carb option. I will tell you one thing, all that fiber was definitely filling… I felt so full, I thought I ate a cow. I haven’t taken a nap in years but I could’ve used one.

i do believe in miracles!
The one thing that salvaged my experience with the Miracle Noodle were the lasagna cups. These puppies were in the oven while I ate my bowl of noodles and once they were done I ate a couple just to try it and  then I stored the rest (I made 8 lasagna cups – I was way too full!). I made this by first spraying down a mini cupcake pan with olive oil, grabbed a couple of noodles and added those to the bottom of the each cup, filled the rest with the meaty tomato sauce and topped it off with shredded mozzarella cheese. I put them in the oven for about 20 minutes at 350. It was super easy to make and it actually came out pretty darn good, I was surprised. I liked them better than my bowl of noodles… maybe I will give these “miracle” noodles another chance.
lasagna cups

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