5-2 Diet Fast Day Noodle Stir Fry:
Doing the 5-2 Diet or another low calorie plan? Have you come across these really low calorie Shirataki noodles (just 5cals for a 100g portion). If not they are worth trying because they can really help manage hunger – and if you like stir-fries then they make a great way to include noodles in a 5-2 diet recipe. When I first started the 5-2 Diet I discovered Shirataki or Konjac noodles. I bought one pack from the Japan Centre and I haven’t been back again recently to get more. I rather enjoyed them, I remember noticing a slightly fishy smell when I opened them, but I rinsed them well and cooked them into my prawn stirfry. Since then, I’ve heard people complaining that they disintegrate and that they find the fishy smell unbearable. So, I thought I should try again, but this time with something that wasn’t fish based itself. Just to see…
I also wanted to try a different supplier. While the Japan Centre is great if you are in central London, their mail order service for noodles is rather expensive for delivery. Instead, I went to Holland and Barrett, who deliver free if you order over £20 worth of goods. And, no, I didn’t order £20 of noodles, but I did order 6 packets and a further sample pack of Konjac based ‘rice’. The noodles are £1.33 a pack, but are very often out of stock. You could also try Amazon where you can buy a range of reasonable priced noodles like these Shirakiku Shirataki White Noodles 198 g (each pack should serve 2 portions)
So was my second Shirataki noodle meal a success? Well yes with one caveat. I was using up left over roast beef and I do prefer starting with raw beef. So I’ve allowed for that in the recipe, although what I actually cooked this evening used up some left over beef, I’d strongly advise making this dish with a little sirloin or fillet steak.
For a healthy portion you will need half a bag of noodles, 60g of beef and about 200g of mixed green vegetables. That with the oil for cooking, mirin, soy and flavourings will give you a calorie total of under 200! Mostly because the noodles are only 5 calories…which means you get a really substantial meal even on a 5:2 diet fast day.
I do recommend following the recipe instructions to prepare the noodles. And don’t be concerned or put off by the fishy smell when you open the packet. I keep in my head the smell of thai fish sauce – it’s a lot nicer than that! And it goes once the noodles are rinsed.
If you are looking to start the 5:2 diet, why not check out my 5:2 diet tips where you will find some helpful hints to get you started.