Black Bean Noodles with Miso Dressing (GF, DF, V)

Black bean miso noodles

Given that gluten-free diets have become so popular, it’s no surprise that new companies are popping up offering gluten-free alternatives for just about anything. There is gluten-free pasta made of rice, corn, quinoa, soy, and any combination of the above. The quality of these pastas has been getting better and better, however sometimes it is still difficult to make a gluten-free pasta without it turning to mush once cooked. Also many of these pasta alternatives often are full of carbohydrates and sugars, sometimes containing as much, if not more, grams of carbohydrates than their gluten-filled counterparts. We found a new kind of pasta that is actually made from black beans and that only has 17g of carbs per serving. Yup you heard that right – black beans! They’re also high in protein and fiber. And the true test of quality….they tasted pretty good! You can read more about the noodles in our full product review, but let’s just say we loved them!

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Easy Chicken Satay with Cashew Sauce (GF, DF)

DSC02639 This easy chicken satay recipe is both yummy and healthy! You just need to marinate your meat a few hours in advance then skewer it and grill. You can make the sauce as you wait for the chicken to marinate. This recipe uses cashew butter rather than peanut butter for a slight twist on the classic peanut sauce, and is safe for people with peanut allergies. It’s a perfect dish to bring to parties and potlucks, or to serve as a fun appetizer to dinner!

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Gluten-Free Soy Sauce Comparison

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When it comes to eating gluten-free, one of the most difficult things to control for is sauces as they are a big source of hidden gluten. While many sauces in Western cuisine contain flour as a thickener, in Asian cuisine, the culprit is soy sauce. Most soy sauces out there contain wheat, which is an issue for celiacs and can be an issue for gluten intolerant people, depending on how much soy sauce you consume. I personally eat 2 boiled egg whites with either soy sauce or organic ketchup every day for breakfast, so even though I’m not celiac, it has been important to me to find a good wheat-free soy sauce. I also love sushi but have yet to encounter a sushi restaurant that serves gluten-free soy sauce (so yes, I do bring my own soy sauce to sushi restaurants).

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