Have you heard of Nooodle? Yes, that is supposed to be three o’s. These raw, cellophane-like yam noodles have no fat, no top allergens, and close to no calories! And they are now the base of several new Nooodle meal and soup starters.
I cannot believe how wholesome AND low calorie the Nooodle meal and soup starters are – just 20 to 50 calories per serving, with 2 servings per package. With such a low dietary impact, I thought that I might be in for a bowl full of air. But they are not only relatively filling (even on their own), Nooodle’s no guilt starters are also full of flavor.
One of my biggest pet peeves is a meal-maker that requires me to further season it to taste. The whole idea of such a convenience (in my opinion) is to have a quick, pre-seasoned base that I can eat as is – no questions asked – or simply toss in some veggies and protein for something more substantial. Fortunately, Nooodle did not let me down. Each variety that we trialed packed a well-rounded flavor punch that wasn’t too salty, nor in need of additional seasoning.
Tomato Risotto Nooodle Soup Starter (vegan)
Pictured above, this was my favorite Nooodle of the bunch. It had a warm, earthy, deep tomato vibe with a light hint of peppery spice. Stubby little yam “risotto” noodles are generously added for taste and interest. I added mushrooms (I would use 4 to 8 ounces of mushrooms for one package) and spinach for a light vegan meal.
Chicken Nooodle Soup Starter
The rich, chicken stock-like base had full-bodied flavor. There were actually cooked chunks of chicken within, but they were a bit dry and sparse. I added more chicken and vegetables for a filling soup.
Tomato-Infused Angel Hair Nooodle Meal Starter (vegan)
You can drain the liquid and use just the noodles, but in our opinion, it was really a soup starter like the others – and why waste such a tasty vegetable broth? This was the only variety that Tony was able to sample with me. At first slurp, he wasn’t too fond of the flavor, but after several spoonfuls, he was hooked, polishing off his bowl when I was still just halfway on mine.
As a side note, Nooodle Meal and Soup Starters come in the most ingenius little shelf-stable packages. About the size of a soup can, the tops actually tear off with ease, no frustrating cutting or squishing required. I have no idea why aseptic package makers didn’t think of this design sooner!
The only stumbling block for me is the price tag. I love the Nooodle concept, and may start buying their versatile yam nooodles, but the meal starters are currently beyond my weekly budget. Nonetheless, they are perfect for just about any special diet, from food allergies to paleo (they do contain the tiniest pinch of sugar, though), and may well be worth the splurge for many households.
Certifications: I did not note any certifications on the Nooodle Starters.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Nooodle Meal and Soup Starters are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Nooodle website at www.nooodle.com.