The Gluten-free Pasta Debate

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Have you been wondering which gluten-free pasta will suit your fancy?

A delicious gluten-free pasta is hard to come by, usually they are mushy, bland and unable to do the job of a gluten pasta. But, in recent years there has been so many new gluten-free pastas on the market and they continuously get better and better. Here are some of my favorites for every taste and budget!

Disclaimer: Obviously, I am not a Nutritionalist, the health rating is based on what I feel is healthy and how I feel after eating the pastas.

Tolerant Foods: Organic Lentil Pasta $5.69 (depends on the store)

For a long time I act very strictly low glycemic and so I cut pasta out of my diet completely. When I stumbled across lentil pasta, I was so excited because I could enjoy pasta again! I get mine from my local Whole Foods in the pasta aisle. They have a bunch of different shapes and they have a variety of red and green lentil pasta! The taste is definitely lentil like, but bearable with some sauce or seasoning. This pasta has a ton of protein, and usually a bowl of it would fill me up completely. One note is when cooking this pasta has to be boiled for a very long time, I usually cook it for around 10 minutes until it is soft. If it isn’t soft it has a strange flavor and won’t be very tasty! This pasta is definitely on the pricier side but if you are eating low glycemic or want to get some more protein, iron in your diet I would definitely recommend it!

Health: 10/10

Taste 6/10

Trader Joes: Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Pasta $2.99

Now this pasta is the most bang for your buck! This pasta can be found at your local Trader Joes in the pasta aisle. We buy this pasta all the time and I think it definitely gets the job done, however I do feel like this pasta lacks in texture, it can lose its bite quickly so you have to be careful while cooking it. I prefer to not have rice pasta since in my experience it is the worst quality gluten-free pasta but mixed with the quinoa this one rocks, the ratio is 80% brown rice flour, 20% quinoa flour. A great gluten-free pasta that is easy on your wallet.

Health : 8/10 (Why I choose quinoa over brown rice)

Taste: 8/10

Ancient Harvest: Super Grain Pasta $3.89

This happens to be my all time favorite gluten-free pasta. I love love love the blend of quinoa and corn, I feel like it is the only pasta I have ever tried that really holds up to sauce in texture! I buy this pasta at my local Whole Foods, it comes in so many different types, I am praying they make lasagna noodles soon ha! If you are looking for a pasta that is not too expensive and can fool a non-glutenfree eater than this one is for you! It has a delectable taste and to be honest this brand has changed the way I think about gluten-free pasta!

Health: 9/10

Taste: 10/10 

Thanks for reading and I hope you go enjoy some pasta!

Majken

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Vegan & Gluten Free “White Bread”

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It’s Bread Making Time!

Recently, I was lucky enough to be given a bread maker by my lovely grandmother. It only took a day and I started to use it. Mitch and I have been buying gluten-free, vegan bread for a long time and it is expensive so we were excited to see how this machine could possibly save us some cash!

First off, I tried a recipe from the handbook the handbook the machine came with. It was for french bread, yum right? Well, it came out not so yum. It came out as a doughy, dense brick. But, practice makes perfect so around 14 hours later I tried again. This time I followed the directions on the back of the gluten free bread flour I used (duh), I will link the bread mix here, it is Pamela’s, I was really impressed by this product! The recipe I used was for “EGG-FREE BREAD”, I will have the recipe below. It says not to use the bread maker but it worked out really well with the bread maker (I actually didn’t realize it said this until after…).

Pamela’s Gluten-free and “EGG-FREE BREAD”

  • 3 1/2 cups of Pamela’s Bread Mix
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 1/4 cup of oil (I used olive oil)
  • Prepared egg replacer equal to 3 eggs
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons of active dry yeast

I placed all the ingredients into the baking pan and turned on the bread maker and used the settings for white bread. If you do not have a bread maker you can follow the instructions on the bag, which I will have pictured below.

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The bread came out so moist, and fluffy and had a good squish if you know what I mean! I am so excited to finally have figured out how to make gluten-free and vegan bread and I am definitely going to be experimenting even more in the future 🙂

Thanks for reading and I hope you give this one a try! Happy baking!

Majken

 

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