Are konjac noodles candida friendly?
The answer is yes.. and also no!
It is important to understand that when we ingest flour, irregardless of what type of flour, it turns into glucose super fast in the body, which can contribute to feeding pathogens. Therefore, on the candida cleanse we have to be mindful of our flour intake.
Oftentimes, I have a hard time explaining what foods are candida friendly and which foods aren't. Mainly because I have multiple phases in my program. The first phase is typically the most strict, the second is slightly more lenient, and the third is the least strict. So at the beginning stages of the candida cleanse I typically ask my clients to remove most sources of flour from their diet, except for almond flour and coconut flour. Throughout the program, I bring in other types of gluten free flours and starchy flours, such as tapioca, cassava, potato, and arrowroot. So even though konjac noodles are gluten free, they are still derived from flour and in my opinion, should be introduced in the later phases of the cleanse. So if you are at the beginning stages of your cleanse, you could enjoy this dish with quinoa, buckwheat, yams, cauliflower rice, or zucchini noodles.
The almond butter dressing is 100% candida friendly for any phase of the candida cleanse program.
Total time: 35 minutes
4 carrots, chopped diagonally
4 heads of shanghai bok choy, ends chopped off, cut in half lengthwise
¼ white onion, thinly sliced
1 crown of broccoli, chopped into florets
8 radishes, thinly sliced
1 package organic non-GMO firm tofu
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 package konjac noodles
1 tsp avocado or olive oil
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
2 stalks green onion, chopped
2 tbsp sesame seeds
½ cup broccoli sprouts
Almond butter dressing
¼ cup coconut aminos
¼ cup water
¼ cup almond butter
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp ginger
¼ tsp paprika (optional)
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
Drain and press tofu for about ten minutes.
Then prepare the almond butter dressing by adding all of the ingredients to a blender. Blend on high for 1 - 2 minutes. Then set aside.
Then cut the tofu into ¼ inch planks.
Then cut the planks in half widthwise.
Then heat up a large pan over medium high heat. Add sea salt to the pan (keep dry, do not add oil).
Then add the tofu to the pan (the pan should sizzle once the tofu hits).
Cook the tofu for 7 minutes on each side or until the tofu gets golden brown and crispy.
Once done, remove the tofu from the pan, cut into desired sized shapes, and set aside.
To the same large pan that the tofu was on, add avocado or olive oil. Then add the onion and saute for about 5 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
Then add in the garlic and cook for 1 - 2 minutes (be careful to not let it burn).
Then add in the carrots, bok choy, and broccoli. Season with sea salt and pepper, and cook for 10 - 15 minutes or until the veggies reached desired tenderness.
Then cook the noodles per package instructions. Rinse in cold water afterwards to prevent sticking.
Then add the noodles, veggies, and tofu to bowls. Top with dressing, green onion, and sesame seeds.
You can substitute the almond butter for sunbutter or tahini.
You can substitute the konjac noodles for palmini noodles or zucchini noodles. If you are further along in your candida journey, you can use vermicelli noodles.
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