It’s a miracle (of rice and noodles)

By Mir
May 11, 2011

Have you heard of Shirataki miracle noodles? They’re… well, I’m not sure what they are. Fiber. Wait! Through the miracle of Google, I’ve determined that they’re made of Japanese yam flour. You’re welcome.

Anyway, the miracle is that they’re… zero calories. And they’re gluten-free. And I keep hearing about them but have never tried them. Only now I’m going to take the plunge, because Amazon has them on special, where coupon code MIRACLEN for 15% off and buying via Subscribe & Save gives you another 15% off and free shipping. Pretty cheap for a miracle, really.

By the way, several of you have written in to point out that Amazon is no longer offering free Prime shipping on Subscribe & Save purchases. I was waiting to make a few purchases to see if maybe they just weren’t calling it Prime anymore, but it was still shipping quickly, but… it appears that stuff really is shipping more slowly. So basically you can save 15% or you can get it in two days, but not both. Le sigh.


  1. Mir, if you got to the Hungry Girl site and search these noodles you will find tips on making them more tasty and recipes galore. They don’t appear to be exactly the same noodles because the ones they use have 40 calories (yikes) but they are made by the same company and have a weird texture if you don’t know what you are doing when preparing them.

  2. I love reading your site for the amazing deals you post, but am really disappointed to see you boo-hooing over a lack of free two day shipping. The carbon footprint left by Amazon’s shipping practice is huge. They’ve conditioned shoppers like to you expect unreasonable, and non-sustainable shipping speeds. As a long time reader I’d like to see you taking a responsible and reasonable stance on not just saving money, but also the environment.

  3. Shannon, if my slight disappointment over losing the luxury of speedy shipping looks like boo-hooing to you, I sure hope you’re not around to ever see me actually upset about something. 😉

    Amazon didn’t make that change out of environmental concern, they did it because it saves them money. The fact that it reduces their carbon footprint somewhat is, to me, nice but not really the point. As someone who recycles, composts, patronizes my local farmers’ markets and grows my own food, I’m all for making changes that are earth-friendly. But I think to take a single sentence about a policy change and turn it into me being an enemy of Mother Earth is kind of a stretch.

  4. Well-said, Mir!

  5. I appreciate your thoughtful reply, and I do apologize if you somehow read my comment as painting you as a “enemy of Mother Earth” which was not my intention. You have an amazing platform to share information and ideas with your readers and I would love to hear more about your earth-friendly initiatives. I think a lot of readers would love to hear about ways they can lead greener lives.

  6. I’m confused by this exchange, since I think Mir spends LOTS of time talking about ways to save money AND live greener lives. I can remember many (seriously–I lost count) posts on inexpensive ways to switch over to cloth napkins, glass storage containers, reusable snack pouches (instead of Ziploc), gardening items, earth-friendly household products, etc. And, to my mind, she never posts a deal that may be smokin’, but doesn’t exactly spell good news for the environment (eg: Ziploc, disposable dinnerware, etc.).

    Yeah, sorry, not buying the “you need to be more environmentally friendly!” argument. I think Mir’s done a wonderful job–for years!–of teaching us how to be thrifty AND environmentally responsible.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some reusable napkins to fold…

  7. Miracle? I’ll tell you what’s a miracle – that Amazon Prime two day shipping! As someone who lives in the middle of nowhere, it saves me having to drive an hour or more each way to get all the stuff that isn’t available in my rural locale and it let’s UPS deliver it to my door when they are out delivering packages to all the other people out here in Podunk, USA.

  8. Shannon, I think I understand now. And your point is well taken. Green often equals more expensive, so I think you’re right that I don’t always share a lot about those options, even though I may use many of them, myself. Let me do some thinking on how I can incorporate more of that into the site. 🙂

  9. Ok, now that we’ve established that Mir is indeed “Earth Friendly” but could do more to promote those products on her site : D

    ….Has anyone actually tried these noodles? The reviews are pretty mixed and I’m not sure I want to try them this way. But I am curious about them.

  10. Shiratake noodles are not for everybody. They are packaged wet, so a 7-ounce bag isn’t as much as you might think. All by themselves, they taste fishy (according to many) but they easily absorb flavors, so a good tomato sauce will be fine. An alfredo sauce might not cover it.

    If you keep low-carb, or if you’re gluten sensitive, these are the noodles for you. I’m in for a 6-pack. Thanks, Mir.

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