Here is the thing. I am not a chef. I like to cook and I like to experiment. So everything I share on my blog is something that I mixed up in my kitchen from the things I had inside the house. Usually I have this bad habit of never thinking ahead of what I am going to eat and I end up starving in the middle of the day. One of such days though when I felt particularly creative I “invented” this salad that I really like to have on daily bases. It is super simple and as always I did try to make it as healthy as possible. What is the coolest part though is something I discovered a couple of months ago – KONJAC based products.
I came to know about SHIRATAKI KONJAC when I was on the Ducan diet and then I saw them couple of times when I was browsing around the supermarket. As a big lover of noodles, a more low-calorie alternative to my favorite meal was very tempting to me. I made a little digging around and found out that they are made from a dietary fiber called glucomannan that comes from the konjac root.
Konjac is grown in China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and southeast Asia for its large starchy corms, used to create a flour and jelly of the same name. It is also used as a vegan substitute for gelatin.
It promotes weight loss by causing the feeling of fullness, reduces the cholesterol and glucose levels. The texture is a bit weird in the beginning, but to be honest I really like it. And for me it does work very well as a pasta substitute
You can go wild with the products and experiment with the quantity of the ingredients us much as you want. But here is what I usually put inside my salad. I starT with a handful of mixture of greens – I love rocket salat and baby spinach. For some crunch I add a mixture of white cabbage, sweet corn, pepper and carrots plus couple of fresh mushrooms. Meanwhile I cook the SHIRATAKI KONJAC as instructed on the package. It takes 5 minutes and I let them cool before I add them to the other vegetables. I add smoked salmon just because I love the taste and a little goes a long way. Of course you can use any protein you like. For the souse I mix olive oil, salt, lemon juice and a little bit of honey plus a mixture of sesame and poppy seeds.
It is super delicious and feeling. It is something different and a little diversity from the boring salads we eat everyday! I hope you will love this salad as much as I do.
So have you tried a Konjac based product? What do you think! Let me know!