The latest thing I've been trying out, are alternates to the standard pasta. The lentil pasta is pretty good. I throw in a low- sugar, low sodium pasta sauce, and add lots of veggies. A favorite combo is cherry tomatoes cut in half and asparagus cut in small pieces , with a bit of olive oil and parm. cheese. Yum! Will try the chick-pea pasta next.
Anyone else experimenting with alternative pasta choices? Would love to hear your reviews on them.
I just picked up an electric spiralizer second hand and I was amazed at how easy it was to make my own zucchini, parsnip, and sweet potato "noodles". For the zucchini, I used a little marinara and shredded parmesan. On the sweet potato, I made a peanut chili sauce and for the parsnips, a fresh spinach and garlic sauce.
Starfrit is the brand name. I paid 15 at a resale shop. It's not fancy but it is super easy to use. I roasted the parts that were left and that I trimmed off of the sweet potatoes to get it to fit in the hopper so there was no waste.
@TerriE792688 Thank you so much for the info. I'm definitely checking it out. There's so many veggies calling out to be spiralized. 😄 I'm coming for you sweet potato. I was thinking of doing that, and then a little olive oil and baking it. Keep us posted of any additional spiraling activities.
I like to do one-pot pasta recipes using alternative pasta @Rhymesometimes. Last night, I had beetroot pasta. It was beautiful and tasty! I added sliced tomatoes, green pepper, onion and pasta to the pot. Used chicken stock to cook until the pasta was ready, drained and topped with a drizzle of olive oil, parm cheese and pepper. Delicious! I also sometimes use farro in place of pasta. It's nutty and nutritious. If you get the whole-grain version, you have to do an overnight soak.
@NancyB762509 Congratulations on your (new?) marriage, and trying to find ways to eat more healthfully. Of course the first thing you can try, is going to 100% whole wheat pasta and mix in some of the pasta you are currently using. There is also a ton of single ingredient pastas like lentil, chick pea, or the quinoa and brown rice pasta that I have found at Trader Joes ( probably at a lot of supermarkets now ) Good luck with the transition, and remember you can still splurge on the pasta you are currently eating, now and then, throw lots of veggies in the mix, and it's pretty healthy.
@AARPRachelA Both versions sound delicious! I'm on a low-oxalate diet because of kidney stones, so no beets for me. But the farro may be a game changer in my diet. Some oxalate lists say it's high, others low. Found out there were three types of farro.
Farro piccolo ( einkorn ), farro medio ( emmer ) article said that best quality one and then farrp grande ( spelt ). Going to do more research and see if any of these types could work for me. Thank you for the inspiration to keep looking for healthy alternatives. Either way, the one-pot pasta idea is brilliant, who wants to wash more dishes?
YUM 😋 that smoothie sounds delicious @Rhymesometimes! I've never thought to add peppermint essential oil to a smoothie! I sometimes use silken tofu to make my smoothies creamy and to add protein.
I also like to make energy bites using dates, nuts and other dried fruits for quick snacks. Check out this Mango-Date Energy Bites recipe, which can be tweaked to your liking. I sometimes roll them in cocoa powder to make healthy truffles.