…and called it Macaroni o_O?

When I made the choice to go Paleo, I was already aware of all the things that I would be giving up. It’s not like I ate really bad before, but I definitely made sure to stay away from white rice/white bread, anything that looked like it was deep fried, soda, and foods that were high in sugar etc. Nonetheless, we all have our cravings…sometimes… When you take a look at Paleo, you’re only really consuming fruits & veggies, lean meats, seeds, and nuts. So that clearly excludes anything composed of gluten. Can you guess what’s not on the “Yes you can eat this on Paleo List”?

P A S T A

For the longest time, I thought I was doing myself a huge favor by only eating whole wheat pasta. Well, it could be good for you, if you weren’t on Paleo. Whatever it took for me to perform better, and feel better, I did. Saying my good byes to pasta wasn’t hard, but it was difficult when you would eat a Paleo recipe that called for a Marinara meat sauce and eating it w/ broccoli instead of pasta. It wasn’t the same, but it’s what needed to be done.

Recently, I came across something quite interesting at Whole Foods, and was thinking to myself. “Could this be…a healthier alternative to regular Pasta?” A noodle that is 100% Vegan and 100% Gluten Free and also boasts the same healthy attributes as sea veggies…

“…the addition of sea vegetables to the diet may reduce the risk of breast cancer. Sea Vegetables have the potential to boost immune system function and have been proven to do so in multiple laboratory studies conducted across the globe. Sea vegetables have been credited with increasing energy, improving general well being and accelerating would healing while maximizing the body’s metabolism…” [1]

Amazing…normal pasta’s attributes don’t even come close to doing all that. They look and feel like regular noodles. In fact, it has a slight crunch to it, is fresh tasting, free of that “seafoody” taste, and comes ready to eat right out of the package w/ a little rinsing of course, or if you really wanted to you could soak it in water or a broth of some sort until you’re ready to use it. Treat these noodles as you would w/ any dish that is the accompaniment to pasta and rice.

Feeling creative? Toss them in a Chinese Chicken Salad, add them in a Beef & Vegetable Stir Fry, or even use them for Paleo Chicken Alfredo. Because they really don’t have a flavor, kinda like tofu, you could make it taste anyway you like. The possibilities are endless. Kelp Noodles are just so versatile, you could prepare almost any Paleo meal w/ them. Fast, easy, and convenient. Can you say that about regular pasta?

If you want to try out these noodles you could easily purchase them at Whole Foods, several Asian markets, or even here Sea Tangle Noodle Company. Depending where you go, one package would cost up to $5,00 and easily feed between 2-4 people (depending on your appetite).

To get you started on some recipes, I found some of these on line…

There you have it folks! The alternative to pasta. Now that you can have pasta again, what kinds of food will you make with it?

Have a nice day!

Cheers.

– T H E O

References

[1] “Sea Vegetables Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits” http://health.learninginfo.org/sea-vegetables.html — pulled 03.24.2010

Photo Credit

[1] Really Raw Food

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4 responses to this post.

  1. hmmmm…. if they don’t taste like seaweed, I’ll try ’em!

    Reply

  2. Posted by T H E O on March 25, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    I think you would like them Cynthia! I think they taste pretty good. Don’t let the look of it fool you or deter you from it.

    Let me know what you think?

    Reply

  3. Posted by Jojo on March 26, 2010 at 5:16 am

    Hmmm… another new item for my daughter to try!! WTH, I’ll try it too!

    Thanks Theo!

    Reply

  4. Posted by T H E O on March 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    No problem Jojo.
    Let me know how it goes. I even think there is a possibility you could make a HEALTHY PANCIT!

    LOL.

    Reply

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