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Old 02-06-2013, 03:21 PM   #1
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Pasta Substitutions

Does anybody have any suggestions about pasta sub's i've heard zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash and sirataki mentioned but which one is best.

I normally love a cream based sauce like alfredo but I also like marinara so which one should I pair with these different types.

Thanks guys! I'm just coming back to LC eating and could use a little easing into it with something familiar.
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:53 PM   #2
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I think spaghetti squash is fantastic with creamy sauces. Love it with shrimp alfredo, topped with apple wood smoked bacon. Yummo! Might make some tomorrow!

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Old 02-06-2013, 04:00 PM   #3
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I've never eaten shirtaki noodles. Zoodles & speghetti squarsh noodles are great with any sauce. Cream or thick meaty tomato sauce.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:31 AM   #4
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People who are new to LC do not really appreciate shiratake noodles for what they are so I probably wouldn't recommend them. I would probably go with zucchini noodles.

I, personally, love shiratake.

Everything Shiratake...
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:45 AM   #5
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I can't handle the shiratake noodles except in Asian-inspired dishes. I WANTED to like them with spaghetti sauce but the texture is just all wrong!

I love spaghetti squash with meatballs and marinara. For the creamier sauces, I prefer zoodles (zucchini noodles) because the spaghetti squash has its own "sweetness" about it which I don't care for with the savory sauces so much. With marinara, it's fine, because of the sweetness of the tomato-based sauce.

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I think the zucchini noodles and shiritaki are just AWFUL and spaghetti squash is pretty carby for someone just starting out... how about putting the sauce on cauliflower, broccoli, or scrambled eggs?
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I really like zucchini noodles... you might need to just give the different ones a try and see how you like them. Certains subs work better in different applications.

I also enjoy sphagetti squash with alfredo based sauces, but not so much with tomato sauce.

Once you are past Induction phase type eating, you might see if Dreamfields pasta is something that works with your body and diet plan. Its literally identical to regular pasta, but its made so the carbs are released super slowly and dont spike insulin. Many people in Maintenance use it occasionally.
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I saw someone mention sea tangles the other day but I've never tried them.
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I think a lot depends on what plan you're on and where you are on that plan.

FWIW, any pasta sub will be exactly that...just a sub and it will most likely NOT resemble traditional pasta in any sense. So if you have preconceived ideas about taste and texture, forget it. Shirataki, zoodles (zucchini noodles) and spaghetti squash definitely have their fans, but for me, do not even remotely come close to satisfying the need for real pasta. Personal taste is a huge issue here.

You could make up some 'egg' noodles which is basically a large flat scrambled egg pancake that is sliced into strips and use that for pasta if you are closer to induction or just purchase some Dreamfield's if you crave r-e-a-l pasta should you be closer to maintenance.

For my own purposes, I typically use zoodles that are pre-cooked, but when I have more time, I just make my own...and even then, the result is more low-er carb than low-carb. Pasta is tough for a born and bred Italian like myself, but LCing has forced me to limit my consumption...and that's OK
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Tofu for "macaroini and cheese", zoodles with any sauce, french cut green beans w/marinara and meatballs are good too. And no shiataki ever! (bleck)
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Hi Rosethorns, I've been great. Since I finished nursing school, I haven't been able to log on as much as I would like due to long hours that I work but I'm doing great. Hope all is well with you.

So many different answers. I agree with Strawberry, you may have to try different subs to find the one you like.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:09 PM   #12
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I like egg crepes, cooked and sliced into whatever size noodle you need. They also make good Lasagna noodles and tortillas for making enchiladas.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:30 PM   #13
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Thank You

Thanks everyone.. I will do some experimenting this weekend to see which ones I like with which sauce. I'm excited to try the egg crepes too (i've never even heard of such a thing)

The hubby made shrimp scampi last night so I picked up a spaghetti squash on the way home so I could partake in the whole meal... It was awesome!! The lemony buttery shrimps made a delicious meal with the spaghetti squash. Hubby even took a bite off my plate and then dumped his noodles for the squash because he said it tasted better.. you can imagine how shocked I was.

Also, thank you all for making me feel welcome.. I feel encouraged today.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:16 PM   #14
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It depends on the sauce/dish for me.

In Asian dishes, shiritake works well but I dont like them any other way

With creamy sauces like alfredo, I prefer zoodles.

With tomato or meat sauces, I like spaghetti squash.

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