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5:2 Fast Day #3: Shirataki Noodles, Broccoli and Bolognese Sauce - 211 calories

Well I made it to 3 pm before I got too hungry and started to make lunch.

On the menu today...

Shirataki Noodles, Broccoli and Bolognese Sauce: 211 calories

226 g Pasta Zero Shirataki Fettuccine Noodles (30 cal)
15 g Tomatoes (3 cal)
125 g Trader Joe's "Just Sauce" Turkey Bolognese (120 cal)
1 Egg White (16 cal)
150 g Steamed Broccoli (42 cal)

This was pretty good. Don't blame Trader Joe's for the watery sauce. That was my fault. I tried to add water to the preheated sauce to "add flavor" to the noodles. It did not work on many levels. The noodles stayed shirataki flavored (more on that in a second). Even though I reduced the sauce after adding the water, it stayed watery.

I tried to add an egg white to thicken the sauce - did not work. I ended up just mopping up the sauce with the broccoli florets. That was pretty good. I think I may use the rest of the sauce just on top of veggies.

The flavor of the sauce was pretty good. I know a lot of you guys are saying.. "what's up with this chica - store bought pasta sauce!?!" But I really like a lot of things from Trader Joe's because much of their frozen foods are pretty natural - no scary ingredients. Take a look at this label:

Ok not that side but the ingredient list was too small to take a picture of. So here it is:

Ground Turkey
Tomato Sauce (water, tomato paste, less than 2% Citric Acid, Onion powder, garlic powder)
Mirepoix (onion, carrot, celery)
Tomatoes (tomatoes, tomato juice, calcium chloride, citric acid)
White wine
Sea Salt
Navy Bean Flavor
Chicken Broth Concentrate (chicken stock, natural flavor, salt, sugar, yeast extract)
Spices (dried fennel seed, dried basil, dried thyme, dried oregano, black pepper)

Other than 2 or three things I have all of this in my refrigerator now (I do stock citric acid in my fridge - that's another story)! I feel perfectly fine buying products like this. Especially because I really like the flavor too! But be aware - this container has THREE (3) servings in it so portion and count accordingly.

As for the noodles I tried a different brand (Nasoya), shape and style of noodles. These are 100% shirataki - no tofu, like the House brand of noodles I had before. They are slightly less in calories per serving (15 vs. 20 cal). They are slightly less stinky straight from the package. And I think they are springier and taste better than the tofu noodles. To be fair, I have not tried a thicker cut of the House brand. I do like how these noodles "bite back" and give a little chew. It's a much more satisfying mouth feel.

I changed up the preparation as well. Instead of rinsing the heck out of these noodles I drained them from the package, dumped in a pot, filled same pot with cold water, brought that sucker to a boil while heating up the sauce, and drained. All of the unpleasant packaging smell was gone. So yeah!

I was still pretty hungry after I finished my plate but as with all things fiber I started getting really full about 30 - 60 minutes after I finished eating. All in all I think today's meal was a success especially considering it clocked in only slightly above 200 calories. I could have gotten it down to less than 200 if I didn't try the egg white thing due to my own mistake.


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