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!
When you were a kid, did you ever wake up early and make breakfast for Mothers Day or Fathers Day? My sisters and I did this EVERY year for a while, and the menu usually consisted of Bisquick pancakes, French toast, or after I learned how to make them in biology class (the “egg denaturation” lab), crepes. These were the days before gluten became my enemy. One year we even attempted to make a cake for my parents’ anniversary and invited some of their friends over for a surprise “party” (i.e. cake eating), but realized after we all took a bite that we had forgotten to add sugar! Whoops!
Fermented foods have recently come into the spotlight for their healing properties. However, ferments have actually been around for thousands of years! Our ancestors had it right by eating live, probiotic rich foods, and we should be following in their footsteps.
I normally have a constant stock of peanut butter in my pantry to go with my favorite snack, apples & peanut butter. Little did I know that peanut butter was one of those things that I have been buying my entire life that is SUPER easy and fun to make at home – all you need is a food processor. I am always looking for delicious minimally processed nut butters that don’t have too much oil or sugar in them, and so this week, I decided that instead of spending that time searching in the grocery store, I was going to experiment at home.
Nut butter is one of those magnificent concoctions, unlike baking, where if you tweak the proportions, you will still end up with a perfectly good nut butter, BUT you have the added benefit of refining it to exactly your taste. I decided not only to play around with proportions of the “seasonings” (salt, honey, oil) but also to play around with the nut mix. My new kick is Sun Cups dark chocolate sun butter cups (click here to read more about Sun Cups) – I think the sunflower butter creates a more refined nutty taste than normal peanut butter cups, so with that inspiration, I decided to include some sunflower seeds in my nut butter, along with equal parts peanuts and cashews.