I had spaghetti tonight, and if I didn’t know it wasn’t ‘no gluten’, I wouldn’t have known the difference between it and regular wheat noodles. Let’s face it, if we are trying to become ‘vegetarians’, we still need more than fruits and vegetables to eat.
They don’t ‘stick to our ribs’ unless we add ‘starchy’ things like potatoes, squash and whole grains, etc.. I know, I tried to eat only fruit and vegetables. It simply doesn’t work for me. I need more, and that’s where starchy foods like potatoes, quinoa and squash come in.
There are those ‘fruitarians’ who just eat fruit, but how many pieces of them do you need to eat to get all your calories each day? For example, one banana is about 80 calories, so if you need between 1800-2000 calories, you’d have to eat more than twenty bananas! Wow! I know a chimp could do it, but I don’t love bananas that much!
Granted, spaghetti isn’t the whole grain, it’s processed. Although, it’s worthy to try, in the end to stay sane about this diet and health stuff, we can’t be perfect.
In my opinion, if you eat about eighty percent of your food whole and intact, you are doing OK, at least better than most people. Your vegetables can be steamed or raw.
But, do try to have an equal amount of raw and cooked. I don’t mean eat raw broccoli or squash. Steamed is OK when it comes to that. Don’t forget your green leafy salads, especially for lunch.
I am always looking for new recipes. ‘Gluten free’ is becoming more and more popular these days. But, if you have celiac disease or wheat sensitivities, it’s an absolute necessity [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]!
This recipe is easy, so I am sharing it with you in hopes it will make you stick to your new whole food plant based diet.
My Vegetarian ‘no gluten’ spaghetti and sauce and loving it!
- I usually don’t recommend any particular brand, so buy any ‘no gluten’ noodles or spaghetti. Your store should carry it
- You can use any spaghetti sauce. Just make sure it doesn’t have any oil. I buy those little cans that have basil, oregano and garlic already in them
- I steam about a cup of yellow squash and a cup of zucchini
- I chop it up
- Boil my noodles
- Put some noodles in a bowl
- Pour equal amounts of yellow squash and zucchini on top
- Pour sauce in the amount you like over all of it and eat
Author’s note- I have ceased eating all grain no matter what kind. You might want to read this to understand why I did so. Go here.
1 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5302439/
Website Title Foods
Publication Month December
Publication Year 2016
Article Title Overview on the General Approaches to Improve Gluten-Free Pasta and Bread
Date Accessed January 21, 2018
Note- talk to your doctor before you change your diet.