Are you a pasta lover but you avoid it to stay away from the high carbohydrates?
I've just discovered a great substitute that will make your next Italian meal taste like the real deal, but without the empty calories and carbs from processed grains that we associate with most pastas!
Explore Cuisine makes a line of pasta alternatives made from beans that has the flavor and consistency of grain pastas, but with high protein and fiber contents that makes it not just good, but good for you!
So far I've found Organic Edamame Spaghetti, Organic Chickpea Fusilli, Organic Black Bean Spaghetti, and Organic Red Lentil Penne, and I think they're great.
The high fiber content offsets the carbohydrates and provides a satisfying, healthy meal. Just pick your favorite bean and enjoy!
Explore Cuisine products can be found at many grocery stores–here in the Phoenix area it's available at Fry's (Kroger) supermarkets, Sprouts, and others.
Ready to give it a try? Here's one of my own recipes for a hearty meal that's high in protein and fiber and low in fat that goes great with these pasta substitutes:
Taco Bean Spaghetti
*1 cup corn
*1 onion, chopped
*1 yellow bellpepper, chopped
*1 can Rotel tomatoes and green chiles (you can add some fresh chopped tomatoes, too, if you're a tomato lover)
*1 1.5 oz pack taco seasoning
*2 cans of Tri-Bean Blend (a mix of kidney, pinto, and black beans)
(may substitute 8 oz ground turkey for one of the cans of beans)
*salt and herbal seasonings to taste
*1 8 oz box of Explore Cuisine pasta (cooked)
Spray a large pot with olive oil. Warm oil and sauté onions and bellpepper. Add beans (with juice) and taco seasoning. Add Rotel, corn, and 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Serve over spaghetti. You can also add a dollop of sour cream or shredded cheese for a garnish in individual servings.
Give it a try and be sure to stop back by here to leave me a comment on how you liked the pasta substitute!