Find a Pasta Recipe That Works for You

Pasta is one of those foods that often ends up in our love-hate relationship status - we absolutely love eating it but hate that it is unhealthy and will make us gain weight #itscomplicated.

What if I told you that you could have a love-love relationship with pasta. How would that sound to you? Are you ready to heal the years of ups and down with your feelings about pasta and transform it to one of consistent adoration? (I hope that is a yes)

Today I am going to give you the tools you need to find a pasta that works for you and to break the myth that pasta is the demon and if we eat it we will become monsters (in fact, I believe regular pasta consumption turns us into better people)

Okay, time to breakdown the many pasta options so that you can find a pasta recipe that works for you so that you can stop viewing this delicious meal as a carb-loaded, empty calorie, gluttony-only dish.

STEP 1: CHOOSE A TYPE OF PASTA

Traditional pasta is made of wheat. The reason there is so much controversy to pasta is that often this wheat is refined, meaning the fibre, protein, minerals and vitamins are removed and therefore we are left with a blood sugar spiking and nutrient-deficient form of the wheat.

Ok, but what other options are there out there? Here is a list of other options of pasta you can choose from when grocery shopping:

High Protein Pasta:

  • Quinoa Pasta

  • Red Lentil Pasta

  • Chickpea Pasta

  • Mungbean Pasta

Whole Grain & Nutrient Dense

  • Brown rice noodles

  • Buckwheat pasta

  • Sprouted grain pasta

  • Spelt pasta

  • Organic wheat pasta

STEP 2: CHOOSE THE SAUCE

Quite honestly, my favourite way to eat pasta is by adding butter and nutritional yeast (I would say this is highly underrated by the masses). But for those who are a bit on the wilder side, there are so many amazing options for flavouring up your noodles - here are a few:

STEP 3: EXTRA VEGETABLES

Because you are enjoying pasta, definitely doesn’t mean you can’t get your veggies in your meal! I often will choose a few extra vegetables (i.e. broccoli, zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, carrots, peas) to stir fry and then add them into my pasta dish at the end.

Another option is to simple wilt leafy greens like kale or spinach into your pasta dish

STEP 4: ADD YOUR PROTEIN

If you choose a high protein pasta, you are already well on your way for getting protein in your pasta fuelled meal! But don’t let that stop you from adding in more protein into your pasta dish. Here are some options for you to throw into your pasta bowl

  • Fried egg on top (this is one of my personal favourites)

  • Cooked fish (i.e. salmon, trout, halibut, shrimp)

  • Cooked chicken

  • Drained and rinsed beans such as chickpeas

  • Stir fried tofu or tempeh

STEP 5: EXTRA EXTRA - GET YOUR TOPPINGS

The fun doesn’t stop there! Toppings are what make us really drool over our pasta dish. Whether you are vegan or not, there are a number of options to take your pasta to the next level

For added flavour:

  • Sprinkle nutritional yeast

  • Shred organic cheese

  • Red pepper flakes for an added boost

  • Balsamic Vinegar

For added benefit of healthy fats:

  • Drizzle an oil on top such as: flax oil, olive oil, avocado oil

I would love to hear from you about how your pasta making comes along. Send me a photo or a message of your delicious creation!

Andrea Zimmering