Friday, January 10, 2014

Navan Foods Bean Pastas

Explore Asian Organic Black Bean Spaghetti

Today I am grateful that the Globe Real Estate Section is back.  Hey, sometimes its the small stuff that makes us happy!  I love me some good Real Estate Porn, and nothing makes me happier than having the Real Estate section from the Globe and Mail to read on a Friday morning while I eat my breakfast.  But every year, they take 3 weeks off from publishing it over the winter holidays.  I always miss it!  Today is the first week its back after the break.  Hallelujah!!

Alright from real estate to the dinner plate, lets talk noodles...

Who doesn't like pasta?  It's so satisfying and comforting, not to mention relatively inexpensive and versatile.  You can dress it up a gazillion different ways. 

Don't eat carbs/grains/gluten, you say?  Well there are still noodles out there for you.  And I am not talking about spaghetti squash or spiralized zucchini, which are really just veggies posing as noodles.  If you think pasta only comes in the white wheat flour variety, you better get the raviolis out of your ears, 'cause clearly you haven't heard about all the options that exist now.

I would definitely recommend staying away from the white flour kind, but you can pretty easily find whole wheat, spelt, kamut,quinoa, corn, and brown rice varieties, not to mention Shirataki, kelp noodles and now...bean noodles!

I found these Navan Foods noodles and picked up the black bean and mung bean varieties, at my favorite health food store.  Not only are they vegan, gluten-free, organic, and low in carbs, but they are also high in protein!  I threw the black beans into an Asian stir fry and they were delicious.  Adam and I both, however, prefer Shirataki noodles.  My beef with these were simply that they get a bit clumpy and gummy, like rice noodles.  I would also recommend cooking them for much less time than it says on the package.  The package says boil for 8 minutes, however, I took them out after 5 and they were definitely done. 

Next up, I think I'll throw the mung bean ones in with a curry of some kind...

Have a super duper weekend.  If you live in the Toronto area, you may be happy to know its supposed to be 9 degrees Celsius tomorrow...unfortunately it's supposed to rain like crazy too.  But at least all the snow and ice will melt!!