First off, what are Miracle Noodles? In healthy foodie circles, they’re all the rage. Also known as shirataki noodles, Miracle Noodles are calorie free, gluten free and soy free. They are made using konnyaku flour, and are an essential part of a healthy low-carb, high fiber diet. And, they just happen to be the perfect homespun addition to our roundup of 12 Healthy Pasta Dishes.
Like similarly textured glass noodles, they come already cooked. You simply need to blanch the noodles for one minute in boiling water, and they’re ready to go! But naturally, we took these miraculous noodles one step further and, with help from our trusty muffin pan, turned them into tasty Noodle Nests!
Sesame Tofu Nests
Ingredients (makes 4 nests):
– 1 package angel hair Miracle Noodles
– 1/2 egg
– 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
– 1 tbsp soy sauce
– 1 carrot, in peel form
– 1 tsp peanut butter
– 1/4 cup red onion
– 1/3 cup chopped tofu
– garnish: cilantro, bean sprouts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep a muffin pan with a light covering of oil or non-stick cooking spray. Prepare the noodles as directed (rinse + blanch). Place in a mixing bowl. Peel one carrot until you can’t peel anymore. Add the peels to the pasta mix. In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 an egg with peanut butter, soy sauce and sesame seeds.
Add the egg mix to the carrots and noodles and mix well. Add in red onion and tofu and mix.
Twirl noodles into your muffin pan. We made two nests using cupcake liners and two without. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
Garnish with cilantro and serve atop a bed of crunch bean sprouts. Yum!
Arugula Pesto Mushroom Nests
Ingredients (makes 4 nests);
– 1 package fettucini Miracle Noodles
– 1 cup arugula
– 1/3 cup walnuts
– 1/3 cup white beans
– 1 tbsp oil
– 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
– 1/3 cup diced mushrooms
– 1/2 egg
– salt and pepper to taste
– garnish: diced tomato, arugula
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep a muffin pan with a light covering of oil or non-stick cooking spray. Prepare the noodles as directed (rinse + blanch). Place in a mixing bowl.
To make your arugula pesto, combine arugula, walnuts, white beans, oil, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper in a food processor. Add additional olive oil until you get a good consistency. You want this to be pretty thick because it will be the glue that keeps your nests together!
Toss pesto in with pasta. Add 1/2 an egg and mix in. Add diced mushrooms. Twirl into muffin pan. Like with the Sesame Tofu Nests, we made two nests using cupcake liners and two without.
Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.
Garnish with tomato and serve atop a bed of arugula. Bon appetit!
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