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Ask my mom and she will tell you my favorite meal growing up involved some sort of spaghetti or pasta noodles and sauce (on the side). I could eat noodles every single day if I had my druthers.
So you can imagine the mental angst I went through when my doctor called me in April 2012 to tell me I have Celiac disease. Pasta, as I knew it, was soon to be a distant memory. I mourned the loss of pasta more than any other dish (even challah, which I miss dearly and now make gluten free)…. but like everything, I eventually got over it and began to find my way through the gluten free noodle maze.
I began trying different gluten free noodle brands. Most are made with brown or white rices; most are loaded with lots of carbs and empty calories. Some are okay, others are not okay at all (stay away from corn and quinoa noodles, the texture is all wrong). None of the store brands I found were all that fantastic nor worth the calories they cost me. If I’m going to eat a lot of calories in one sitting, it better be damn worth every bite!
My New [Gluten Free] Pasta Reality
I was about ready to give up on gluten free noodles altogether. I bought a Vegetti and was enjoying spiralized zucchini noodles very much (there are no empty calories in zucchini). As sad as it was, I pretty much succumbed to the idea that noodles and I were no longer meant to be. We had a good run, but it was time for me to move on.
Then my friend Shayna introduced me to gluten free black bean noodles last year. She brought me a bag to try as a gift.
I decided to try them, and was actually excited about it. I had given up on noodles for awhile now and was kinda missing them. I took my first bite. The texture was surprisingly nice!
I about fainted when I realized that these noodles only had two ingredients – organic black beans and water. How in the world is that possible?!? Plus, each serving is loaded with nutrition – 12 grams of fiber, 25 grams of protein, and tons of calcium and iron too! These were not only gluten free noodles, but they were guilt free noodles too!
While they are not the “normal” noodles I grew up with, I couldn’t be more happy with my new normal. Gluten free black bean pasta is completely satisfying, nutrient dense, low carb and low calorie. I couldn’t help but wonder if I’d have made the switch to these noodles in an effort to eat and live more healthily even if I hadn’t had to follow a strict gluten free diet.
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- Try these ridiculously healthy gluten free noodles with my homemade pasta sauce recipe.
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