Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Why Bother With Quinoa Pasta?
With the Spring and Summer seasons comes the taste for pasta salads. That puts us health nuts in a bit of a position since pasta itself isn't exactly a health food. It is also a barrier for those who are gluten-free. So, I started looking at quinoa pasta as a substitute and was turned off. Here's why:
1. The expense! Quinoa pasta is expensive.
2. Quinoa pasta sometimes contains semolina.
3. Quinoa pasta is a processed food.
4. Quinoa pasta has not been soaked in whey or sprouted before use, which is something that should be done with quinoa.
So, as I stood there staring at the quinoa pasta on the shelf of the store, it dawned on me. Why bother? Why not just use quinoa?
So, that is what I have been doing. I've used quinoa for the times I've craved a good pasta dish. I also made tuna "macaroni" salad using quinoa and it was very good and very satisfying.