Pazzo for Pasta
You gave white flour and carbs the boot, but you pine away for heaping plates of pasta like a lovelorn teenager. Now, you can twirl your noodles and eat them too. There are about as many options that deliver sound nutrition as there are Italian handbags that I covet. Plus, whole grain pasta is economical, filling, quick to make and easy to feed a crowd. Sure, it may take you a few times before you get the texture you like from these alternatives but don’t give up – it takes 8 times before you decide if you like a food or not.
So stick a fork in it and say, ciao bella!
- Quinoa Pasta – Made from the super protein ancient grain, pasta made with quinoa has a great, nutty flavor and a nice, firm al dente bite. Ancient Harvest is a great option for a variety of pasta shapes (good for kids) that are gluten free, non-gmo.
- Brown Rice Pasta – No empty carbs here – just good pure nutrition. This pasta cooks up great and holds up to any of your favorite sauces. The Trader Joe’s brand is wheat, sodium, gluten and cholesterol-free.
- Protein Plus Pasta from Barilla – When my all time favorite pasta brand, Barilla, launched this line, I jumped up and down at the grocery store and yelled ‘bravo!’ One serving gives you 10 grams of protein (same as a chicken thigh) and it’s packed with Omega-3s and Fiber. www.
- Spelt and Kamut Pasta – Two other protein-packed ancient grains, these are good options for people who have gluten or wheat intolerance. Eden Organics makes a good, organic gmo-free variety.
Feeling saucy? Here’s what you can put on top.
- Grape sized tomatoes, basil and garlic and a dash of freshly grated Pecorino (goat milk) cheese
- A variety of sauteed veggies and beans, including spinach, zucchini, asparagus and white cannellini beans with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar
- Thai style, with shrimp, cilantro, shredded carrots and peanuts
- Ground turkey sauteed with fresh tomatoes, garlic, parsley and red wine
- Chicken breast cubed and sauteed with kale, onions, peas and lean turkey bacon bits
- Puttanesca, made with crushed tomato, anchovy, red pepper flakes and Kalamata olives
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