Who doesn’t love Ramen?
Now…I’m not talking about the good quality Japanese restaurant version.
I’m talking about nearly EVERY persons childhood favorite, the cheap, msg ladened kind from a 30 cent packet. I don’t think anyone of us could deny that at some stage in our life, these Instant Ramen were our guilty pleasure.
I must confess, even now, I still get a craving for them; my 20 year old practically lives on them (much to my disapproval), and once in a while I let my 7 year old have a packet for a treat. Not without feeling tremendous guilt though!
Even if it weren’t about Keto, have you seen the ingredients list on those things?
I’ts like a “WHO’S WHO” of Nefarious Ingredients, who all showed up to a “preservatives convention”. HORRIBLE STUFF!
However, I spent a little time in the test kitchen, and I truly feel I came up with a more than worthy keto substitute. In fact, while I was eating them, I had the largest nostalgic smile on my face – and what’s more….Zero Guilt. I tried the recipe out on the true critics, THE KIDS, and it got the thumbs up!
So what to use for the noodles, nope it’s not spaghetti squash, or zoodles.
It’s shiritaki noodles, made from the konjac root. The reason why shiritaki noodles work, is because they are not just a substitute, but they are a “real style of noodle” used in Japan.
NOW!!.. I tested a bunch of these…and some were downright horrible and kind of fishy tasting and smelling. Even with the leading brand I couldn’t get that terrible taste out.
But i’m glad to say there was ONE that rose to the occasion. Nasoya Pasta Zero spaghetti noodles.
I found them in the refrigerated section of our grocery store. I noticed straight out of the pack, that the smell was very mild compared to every other one I’ve tried. A good sign.
I strained and rinsed them in a colander under HOT water for 2 minutes… Zero smell.
I even dared to taste one… zero taste, another good sign. So all that was left was to try it boiled in the chicken broth I had created!
PERFECTION! So now, GUILT FREE RAMEN is back on the menu.
2 cups chicken broth/stock
1 TBSP butter
3 tsp dried chives
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp erythritol/stevia sweetener
1/2 tsp liquid coconut aminos or G.F soy if it doesn’t offend your keto
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/8 tsp ground white pepper
salt to taste (if needed)
1 pack Nasoya Pasta Zero Shiritaki Noodles
- Pour broth in a medium saucepan, and bring to a simmer over med/high heat.
- Add all of the ingredients, besides the noodles, to the broth and mix well. Taste for seasoning. Some like their noodle broth salty.
- Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse under HOT water for 2 minutes.
- Cut noodles in half with some scissors, or else they are very long.
- Dry fry noodles over high heat in a medium non stick skillet. About 1 minute or until you hear an unusual sound coming from the noodles when you move them around. This helps with texture, but you don’t really need this step if your’e in a hurry.
- Place the noodles into the broth and simmer for 5 minutes.
- If you’re feeling fancy, you can top with a fried egg, or asian greens, scallions. This is YOUR recipe now!