Lower the calories in your chicken lo mein by subbing the high calorie pasta for low calorie noodles.
Low calorie pasta! Did you know there was such a thing? I first found Shirataki Konjac Pasta in the produce department of my grocery store. This pasta only has 15 calories per serving!
Shirataki Pasta is a noodle type product that is made from the fiber of a konjac plant. This article from Healthline explains that this konjac fiber pasta has even been shown to cause weight loss in some people. The article states:
“Konjac grows in Japan, China and Southeast Asia. It contains very few digestible carbs — but most of its carbs come from glucomannan fiber.
Shirataki noodles contain a lot of water. In fact, they are about 97% water and 3% glucomannan fiber. They’re also very low in calories and contain no digestible carbs.“
Where do you find low calorie noodles
My grocery store actually had two different brands, in surprisingly different places. I found the low calorie pasta in the produce department near the tofu, won ton wraps, and mushrooms. But also, another brand in the pasta aisle, by the gluten free noodles and other specialty noodles.
Have you tried this yet? This is a picture of the label for the one that was in the pasta aisle. It was the Liviva brand, with 15 calories per serving.
The label for the one in the produce department, brand name Miracle Noodle, claimed zero calories on the label!
So, dinner Sunday night was teriyaki chicken (thighs), veggies and some of the shirataki noodles. I topped my chicken on this low cal pasta instead, and it was delicious and low calorie!! I don’t avoid grains at all, but when you are counting calories, I do cut corners where I can!
The rest of the family ate regular noodles, because no one wanted to try my low calorie option, but they don’t know what they’re missing!
Total for this DELICIOUS dinner was 180 calories, 20 grams protein, 8 grams carbs and 8 grams fat.
Low Calorie Chicken Lo Mein
- 100 grams shirataki pasta such as Liviva brand or Miracle Noodles
- 4 ounces chicken thighs
- 1/2 cup broccoli chopped
- 1/2 cup carrots chopped
- 1/4 cup onion chopped
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce low sodium
- Chop the chicken thighs and cook in a skillet, sprayed with non stick spray.
- Chop the veggies and add to the skillet and cook until veggies are soft.
- Boil the zero/low calorie noodles according to package directions.
- Combine the cooked noodles with the chicken and veggies. Add the soy sauce for flavoring.
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