Here in Japan you can find noodles in the grocery store that are made from yams. They are called Shirataki noodles and are a low calorie, low carb, translucent alternative to gluten packed pasta. This is one of my go-to products when I am in the mood for pasta, but can't eat it. The noodles themselves have no flavor, so it is really easy to flavor them using pasta sauce, cheese or other typical pasta toppings. 

Today I was feeling adventurous and decided to make my lunch for this upcoming week. So I headed off to the store to grab some ingredients to make the perfect, healthy and nutritious lunch. I bought some kabocha (Japanese pumpkin), a sweet potato, shirataki noodles, chicken and a zucchini. All of this was less than 10 dollars and will most likely last me all week (: 

Japanese pumpkin and sweet potatoes are different than the ones you find in the US. The American sweet potatoes are actually sweet, whereas the japanese sweet potatoes are not. If you want to know how to cook the sweet potato and pumpkin, check out my guides on Snapguide! 
Sweet Potatoes:
Kabocha: 

Ingredients for "Pasta" Dish: Makes ~5 servings. 
1/2 zucchini
1 small sweet potato
1/4 kabocha
2 packages shirataki noodles
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped chicken 
salt and pepper

Directions: 
1. Cook all the vegetables and chicken. You can cook the sweet potato and kabocha following my guides above. 
2. Drain the shirataki noodles and rinse under water (for some reason they have a fishy smell)
3. Add the noodles, chicken and vegetables into the skillet and top with olive oil. 
4. Cook for around 5 minutes, then place into a container to store, or eat up!

Nutrition: for 5 servings


10/28/2015 13:14:29

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