During the beginning phases of transitioning out of the standard American diet, one quickly thinks about those old comfort foods like pasta. What are you going to use instead? Yes it is true that we now mostly use spaghetti squash, as this is the best option for health. Though in reality sometimes you are low on your main meal veggies because tomorrow is food market day. So you look in your cupboard for dinner ideas...
For people new to changing out their foods, transitioning is a process that takes time. As we move to conscious healthier food choices we will find new products that may or may not remain a part of our choices in the future. I have found it is good to have some organic processed foods on hand that take you safely to the next level, and keep you on track for better health overall. There are some organic processed foods that help create that comfort food feeling you are familiar with from old conditioning. What you need is the healthiest choice of that item, and I feel this pasta from Eden Foods fits the bill very well.
Most of the packaged options for gluten free pastas turn into cardboard mush. I have found an option made by Eden Foods brand that comes close to actual pasta. Though not gluten-free, it does use a wheat that is not the modern day wheat which wreaks havoc on peoples guts. This pasta uses 70% whole grain organic Kamut wheat which comes from an ancient grain called Korasan that is two times larger than the modern short grain. Kamut is not genetically modified, and the company which grows the Kamut wheat says if you see the trademarked word 'Kamut' used in a product that you can be sure it is not a GMO. Yea! Thank you! This pasta also has 30% Quinoa which is an ancient seed of the Incas that is gluten-free. So I think this packaged pasta is a pretty good option for making a pasta dish that is easy on the belly. People with wheat allergies seem to be able to handle eating Kamut, though people with Celiac disease cannot. Watch the Kamut company video below for info about this grain.
Eden Kamut Quinoa Twisted Pair is a versatile pasta that you can use to make hot or cold dishes.
Simple Salmon Pasta Salad
Toss the Eden Twisted Pasta in with fresh tomatoes, cucumber, Romain leaves
and wild Alaskan salmon. Drizzle with a ginger vinaigrette or stir in some pesto. Yummy.
Below you will find the recipe for my traditional vegetable pasta meal. All ingredients are organic. Just like the old days, cook the twisted pasta in boiling water 10 minutes. Don't over do it! Taste the pasta for soft firmness, and drain. I find the twisted shape holds your sauce very well. I load the sauce with zucchini, onions, peppers, artichokes and anything else that is around, and I also make those veggies the main focus of the dish. Remember, it is always about the plants and the salad!
Organic Vegetable Pasta Dish
1/2 - 1 box Kamut Quinoa Twisted Pair
1/2 purple onion
2 green peppers
1 garlic clove chopped
1 chopped zucchini
1 jar organic (Native Forest brand) artichokes in water
12 ounces or half bottle organic strained tomatoes (Bio Natural brand)
1/3 tsp coconut oil (I used Tropical Traditions Gold)
fresh basil chopped
Boil water (hopefully not filled with fluoride) and follow pasta directions. Rub coconut oil in stainless steel or enamel pan. Add all chopped veggies to saute, except the artichokes. Add spices. When vegetables have desired light saute, add artichokes and liquid from jar. Then add your tomato sauce. Cook a for a few minutes longer. Spoon over a small portion of Kamut Quinoa pasta. If you still eat cheese (I do not) grate some fresh Parmesan on top. Serve with a big fresh organic salad of course!
I would like to add that Eden Foods who is using the Kamut wheat for this product, is fighting the good fight against the genetically modified food industry. They have joined the campaign for transparent labeling of what is really in our food in the California Prop 37. I support companies who support labeling of GMO's in our food, and I will drop any product from my life if I find they are supporting the cover up of GMO's. I really dislike the sneaky way Big Ag and the USDA added this to our food supply years ago. Read my GMO page for more info on this important health topic that should be of concern to everyone. Feel free to share the graphic below to get the word out about your right to know. Also, the company whose artichokes I purchased called Native Forest gave money towards the GMO labeling campaign too! I am paying attention to who is on these lists. I dropped Lara bars from my snack list. My daughter is making her own homemade version anyway. Much better!
Every so often I make something with Eden Foods Kamut Quinoa Twisted Pair, and hubby loves these dishes because they do have the old comfort food feel. So when you are searching out what to substitute in for a pasta recipe, give this ancient grain and seed combo a try. Plus, it's good for making a delish dish for your visiting friends and family who are not organic, so they see you are not so crazy after all, (well maybe just a wee bit Twisted sista, but that's our little secret).