NoOodles

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As anyone who knows me knows, I love working out and I am a healthy eater most of the time. I look for foods that are low fat, low sodium, and low calorie. This is where NoOodle comes in; pasta without the carbs!

I was skeptical at first. There can’t possibly be a product out there like this-pasta noodles without carbs or fat or calories? These noodles are made from the yam-like root of the Asian konjac plant. Sound strange? Absolutely. However, these noodles are so easy to make and eat that you will quickly get over the strange name. These noodles come in a bag that you must strain in a colander and rinse in cold water for about a minute. There is a strong odor that comes from the mineral lime ingredient. Then you cut the NoOodles to the desired length and place them in a non-stick skillet. Heat the noodles on a medium heat for 2-3 minutes to absorb the excess moisture and top with whatever you choose to complete your meal!

I made the NoOodles with a basic marinara sauce for a low calories lunch and was pleasantly surprised!
Much like my usual spaghetti and marinara it tasted delicious, but the selling point was that it filled me up for the afternoon! I wasn’t back in the kitchen an hour later starving like I am after
my spaghetti dinner.

The NoOodles are all natural, no calories, no fat, no carbs, no soy, no gluten, taste great, and are filling!

Thanksgiving Sides

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Classic mashed potatoes at their best. After you try this recipe, add any of your favorite flavors like blue cheese, caramelized onions, horseradish or truffle butter!

Cooking Planit recipe: Classic Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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PRODUCE
  • Garlic Cloves – 6
  • Russet or Baking Potatoes – 2 Pounds
DAIRY &
EGGS
  • Butter, Unsalted – 8 Tablespoons
  • Heavy Cream – 1/2 Cup
SPICE &
BAKING
  • Black Pepper
  • Kosher Salt

PREP STEPS

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Place in a large pot. Fill the pot with cold water to cover the potatoes by about 1 inch. Place on the stove.
  2. Smash the garlic under the side of your chef’s knife to remove the peel. Place the smashed cloves in the pot with the potatoes.

COOK STEPS

  1. Turn the heat on high under the pot of potatoes. Proceed with next step as water comes to a boil.
  2. Once water is boiling, cook the potatoes until tender and easily fall apart when pierced with a fork, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Cut the butter in cubes and place in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in short 20-second increments until butter is melted.
  4. Once butter is melted, stir in heavy cream and microwave again, in short increments, until mixture is warm.
  5. Place the strained potatoes back in the pot and place the pot over medium heat. Cook out excess moisture, stirring often for about 3-5 minutes.
  6. Once potatoes are dried out, remove from heat and use a potato masher or a potato ricer to mash the potatoes until smooth.
  7. Once the potatoes are smooth, place back over low heat and pour in about 1/3 of the melted butter and cream mixture. Stir until the liquid is absorbed, then pour in another 1/3 of the mixture. Continue this process until all the butter and cream mixture is absorbed into the potatoes.
  8. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat. Cover until ready to serve.
  9. Transfer the garlic mashed potatoes to a serving bowl or dinner plates. Serve warm!

Thanksgiving Sides

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Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Creamy, rich mashed potatoes become even more decadent with crumbled blue cheese. It will make any evening feel like a special occasion.

Cooking Planit Holiday Side Dish: Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes recipe

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PRODUCE
  • Russet Or Baking Potatoes – 2 Pounds
CHEESE
  • Blue Cheese, Crumbled – 6 Ounces
DAIRY &
EGGS
  • Butter, Unsalted – 4 Tablespoons
  • Heavy Cream – 1/2 Cup
SPICE &
BAKING
  • Black Pepper
  • Kosher Salt

PREP STEPS

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Place in a large pot, then fill the pot with cold water to cover the potatoes by about 1 inch. Place pot on the stove.

COOK STEPS

  1. Turn the heat on high under the pot of potatoes. Proceed with next step as water comes to a boil.
  2. Once water is boiling, cook the potatoes until tender and easily fall apart when pierced with a fork, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Cut the butter in cubes and place in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in short 20-second increments until butter is melted.
  4. Once butter is melted, stir in heavy cream and microwave again, in short increments, until mixture is warm.
  5. Place the strained potatoes back in the pot and place the pot over medium heat. Cook out excess moisture, stirring often for about 3-5 minutes.
  6. Once potatoes are dried out, remove from heat and use a potato masher or a potato ricer to mash the potatoes until smooth.
  7. Once the potatoes are smooth, place back over low heat and pour in about 1/3 of the melted butter and cream mixture. Stir until the liquid is absorbed, then pour in another 1/3 of the mixture. Continue this process until all the butter and cream mixture is absorbed into the potatoes.
  8. Stir the crumbled blue cheese into the potatoes, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat. Cover until ready to serve.
  9. Transfer potatoes to a serving dish or dinner plates. Serve warm!