My name is Steph, and I have a serious carbohydrate addiction. I'm not even joking! Why do carbs have to make you feel so good?!?!? My food weakness is bread and pasta. Being insulin resistant, I crave those two things like there's no tomorrow! It seriously drives me infreaking-sane some days. I've been on the lookout for possible alternatives, healthier alternatives for pasta the past seven or so years. My first switch was to whole wheat/whole grain pastas. The family liked them, and while they were a little tricky to get just right with cooking, we got used to them. I started doing more and more research and found that gluten free pasta might be a good alternative to the whole wheat/grain pastas we were eating. My main goal for trying the gluten free was to help alleviate inflammation in the body. One of my doctors thought it would be a good thing for me to try. I was super excited when my local Costco store started selling gluten free pastas. The first one I tried was a brown rice/quinoa penne pasta. I will never forget this because I managed to turn the pasta into mush :)
I was so excited to try out the new pasta I bought, I rushed home to get my pot of water boiling. There are two things I never read directions on how to cook: 1) Frozen meals and 2) pasta. My philosophy is if you stick a frozen meal in the microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds and it's still cool on the bottom.....stick it back in for another minute and you'll be good to go. Hey...I never claimed to be Food Network worthy! For pasta, I usually wait until the water boils, pour my pasta in and let it boil until I think it's done. Try the noodles, if they are too hard, I keep boiling. If they are my version of al dente.....then I take them out of the boiling water and rinse. Voila! Well, I have learned over time that cooking gluten free pastas, you HAVE to time them. Otherwise, you will be left with a super thick soup, instead of a yummy pasta. So I've been through whole wheat, whole grains, and every type of gluten free noodle under the sun.....And now......bean pasta!!!
A few weeks back I was watching my favorite, Dr. Oz. and he had a audience member talking about bean pastas. I personally had never heard of them before, and was a bit skeptical, however, at this point I'm willing to try anything. On that week's grocery shopping adventure, I went to my local fresh foods market and found some bean pasta. (pictured above) I was super excited, however, that lovely package of pasta sat in my pantry until I worked up the nerve to eat it.....which took about 2 weeks :) My hubby was making some pasta, and I thought "ooooh let's try out the bean pasta! If the kids hate it we can blame it on Daddy's cooking" :P I was on noodle duty, so guess what I did??? yes exactly, I read the directions! The package said to boil for 4 to 5 minutes, and naturally being the rule follower that I am, I boiled it for about 8....but who's counting... :P Lo and behold! The noodles were tolerable. The kiddies did question them for a moment, but everyone ate them. I took it as a win! Guess what?!?!!? I made more tonight! This time we had Organic Soy/Mung Bean Fettuccine. I did a few things differently with this pasta. I salted the water it was boiling in, and once they were finished cooking, I added them to the sauce and mixed it in. Let it sit for a bit, and the noodles had much more flavor! They were delicious! This is something I'm definitely going to incorporate in our pantry! The type I had this evening had 24 grams of protein and only 19 carbs, for a 2 oz serving!!! I'm super happy that I tried the bean pastas, and even more happy that I think I may have actually found a healthier pasta alternative!
How about you? Have you tried bean pastas? What are your thoughts?