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Alternatives to traditional pasta

I don’t eat pasta very often because I tend to eat too much and then I’m left feeling bloated and uncomfortable. I think a lot of that has to do with the type of pasta you eat, in that “traditional” pasta makes me feel the worst.

Traditional American pasta, that is. Which means, when I say “traditional” I mean white pasta out of the box.

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Traditional pasta may taste the best to some of you, but lacks a lot of nutrition some of it’s alternatives offer.

Whole grain styles like Barilla are better (much more fiber and protein) but perhaps my favorite alternative to pasta overall is spaghetti squash. But it’s so not in season right now.

Also, I’m into trying new things these days, so I picked up a box of brown rice pasta to see what it was all about.

The Lundberg brown rice spaghetti is gluten free, organic, vegan, non-GMO verified and made from 100% whole grain brown rice. In fact, the only ingredient is “organic brown rice flour.”

The nutritionals are somewhere between “traditional” and whole grain pasta. You get 4 grams each of protein and fiber per serving and the calories are the same as traditional pasta. It takes a few minutes longer to cook but looks surprisingly similar when ready.

While I expected (and kind of hoped) the pasta would be a little more “grainy” than it was, I found it to be a really great alternative.

In fact, I really couldn’t tell much of a difference, other than the “noodles” were a bit softer before cooking than traditional spaghetti noodles are (hard and crunchy).

And I definitely didn’t get a stomach ache from eating this bowl!

If you or anyone you know anyone that has Celiac disease or eats gluten free for other reasons but misses pasta, get this stuff! 🙂

Disclaimer: I bought this product with my own money and was not paid by the company to provide a review. This is my opinion based on my own personal experience and taste.

Aww, shucks!

Thank you all for the totally sweet comments on my revealing post. I honestly kind of thought I might get ripped for saying I want to lose weight!

But I should know that if anyone understands, it’s you guys!

Breakfast this morning was a green monster, WOO HOO!


Just soy milk, spinach and a frozen banana. It rocked my socks. Along with a leftover waffle and PB.


Mid morning, I had some coffee and snacked on some nuts.


I had my evaluation at work today and it went well, but boy am I glad that’s over for another year 😉

For lunch, I had a sweet potato topped with vegetarian baked beans and a pita on the side.


They were having chili in the break room today and I snagged a few crackers because I was still feeling hungry. That helped a lot!

Before the great run that I had today, I snacked on a Larabar, though not this one, ha ha. I forgot to take a pic of the peanut butter cookie one I had today so I had to borrow this photo from myself.


When I got home, I was quite hungry so I whipped up the quickest thing I could think of…spaghetti with leftover sauce and some tasty bread with Smart Balance.


And finished off the night with the best snack ever!


Whole wheat toast with White Chocolate Wonderful and chocolate chips.

I’m not feeling so hot, throat kind of hurts, so I think I’m going to turn in early tonight. Hopefully a good night’s sleep will work wonders 🙂

I bid you good evening!

I love bread

Before I headed out for my errands, I ate some lunch. Behold, finally, some good natural light in my kitchen!


Lunch was leftover refried bean cakes with some mixed veggies, pita & hummus, and a pickle.  I love throwing lunches like this together, you get a little taste of everything 🙂

When I went grocery shopping today, I came across some bread, so I decided it would go well with my dinner 🙂


I love that this bread has real chunks of garlic in it and not that nasty buttery garlic spread.


I love bread. I love carbs. I’ve gone back and forth on here about how much I need or whether certain ones are good or bad.

But the bottom line is, I love them, I need them, therefore I’m going to eat them. But I still need to maintain some control! So I cut off my one piece…


And then put the rest in a freezer bag to save for later!


It also helped that I got garlic bread, so I’m not tempted to get out a piece and spread peanut butter on it, ha ha!

For dinner, I made spaghetti and topped it with some light Ragu sauce (tomato basil) and kidney beans for some protein.


For once, I actually measured out the right portion of spaghetti (which equals 1 cup cooked). I took what I would normally get out of the box and then cut that in half!

We’re getting ready to watch “Halloween 2” which seems weird for this time of year. We watched “Saw VI” last night, which was okay but it’s like they keep upping the ick factor instead of making the story more interesting.

But it was okay. We’ll see about this next one!

Seen any good movies lately?

Enjoy the process

Tonight for dinner, I made my favorite spaghetti with “meat” sauce.


I was off work today so I really had the time to just enjoy the cooking process (and also get the entire house cleaned)!

For my sauce, I used Ragu Super Chunky Mushroom sauce (Josh’s favorite), chopped frozen broccoli and Smart Ground crumbles.


My pasta is Barilla Whole Grain which is my absolute favorite of all the whole grain varieties.


Normally, I would’ve eaten the whole recipe but I did remember that I recommitted to conscious eating this year, so I measured out a cup of cooked pasta which is a serving.


This ended up leaving me enough for dinner tonight and lunch another day this week!


Wow, to think I was going to eat the whole thing! So glad I caught myself 😉

If you didn’t see my last post, please stop by my new fitness-only blog, River City Fitness. This blog is going to be food only now!

Also, don’t forget to purchase some Musselman’s natural applesauce this month to support the NBCF!

Spaghetti with “meat” sauce

I had a great dinner tonight!

It all started with this:


Which came out looking like this:


I wasn’t sure what to think at first, but I took out a portion and heated it up with some Emeril’s marinara sauce and broccoli while some whole grain spaghetti was cooking.

I ended up with more sauce than spaghetti, fine by me!


Look better like this? 😉


The Smart Ground was good, this was my first time using it (I used to use Morningstar but so many of their products aren’t vegan). I like to use some sort of protein with my pasta because alone it does not satisfy me for long.

I think on its own it probably doesn’t have much flavor but it worked well in this dish! My stomach is very happy right now 🙂

Tried any new products lately?