Carbs and fat seem to be the enemy for most of us, and the folks from the NoOodle company in Chicago, Ill., sent me samples of soups, and mmm. Here’s the skinny on the Chicken Noodle and Tomato Risotto.
Chicken Noodle Soup – Chunks of chicken, veggies and noodles in chicken broth weigh in at 50 calories per 1 cup serving, 630 g. of sodium, 5 g. of carbs, 0.5 g. of fat, 2 g. of protein. I kicked it up with some Cholula hot sauce chili lime — it’s low in sodium for a hot sauce with about 75 mg for a teaspoon and a half. Check out Cholula.
Tomato Risotto – Tomato chunks, spinach, and basil in tomato sauce weigh in at 50 calories per 1 cup serving, 590 mg. of sodium, 12 g of carbs, no fat, 2 g of protein. I kicked it up with some Cholula hot sauce chili lime too. It also tastes great with a splash of Parmesan. Of course, that adds fat.
The soups smell good when you cook them, and they taste good. Chicken Noodle soup is comfort food, and the Tomato Risotto is a nice alternative to a giant plate of pasta soaked in tomato sauce with meatballs. OK, nothing is a real substitute for that, but let’s just say the Tomato Risotto did keep me from eating said pasta.
Who makes them? A woman, of course! Chef Terri Rogers, began serving NoOodle at Lincolnshire Gourmet, her Highland Park, Ill., restaurant. Sales increased, and Rogers founded the NoOodle Company.
The noodles are made from yamlike Asian Konjac root — Glucomannan — a water-soluble fiber that fills you up. It is the ingredient in Japanese Shirataki noodles — the latest alternative to pasta. it’s also becoming a popular weight-loss idea. There are all kinds of benefit claims. Here’s the skinny on Glucomannan from WebMD.
All souped up and ready to go? We’ll give away some NoOodle soup in Her Times on Oct. 6.