I am so excited that I finally found a tool that makes very very thin, gluten-free and grain-free, angel hair pasta! This simple tool has revolutionized my menu!
I love the julienned vegetables I can make with this simple tool, but the strands are more like linguine. I wanted a tool that gives me a very thin and delicate strand. I found it and it can whip up a plate of pasta faster than it takes to cook regular wheat pasta!
Just in time for the windfall of zucchini that are starting to come in now!
Pasta Is Not a Health Food
When switching to a grain-free or gluten-free diet, one of the hardest foods to give up is pasta. Carbohydrate heavy – pasta is not a comfort food for someone with a damaged gut. The empty starches feed the pathogenic bacteria in the gut and contribute to dysbiosis and leaky gut.
Macaroni is made up of just wheat flour and salt. It is typically made with enriched wheat flour that has a few synthetic vitamins and minerals added in, but that are essentially unavailable. The simple carbohydrate content gets broken down in the mouth very quickly – to sugar.
That makes wheat pasta just like candy.
What’s Wrong with Wheat?
Beyond the metabolic and microbiome problems with wheat pasta, there are the problems inherent to wheat:
- Wheat is highly allergenic due to all the gluten isotopes (there are over 50) that can cause immunological reactions in certain people – especially in people not diagnosed with celiac. I say this, because if you are diagnosed with celiac, consider yourself lucky. There are people with gluten sensitivity not will never be properly diagnosed, because the standard testing for celiac never tests for most of the gluten isotopes.
- Wheat drives autoimmunity due to the chronic immune stimulation from gluten isotopes. If you have an autoimmune disease, you should quit eating wheat immediately.
- Wheat is smothered in dangerous pesticides (glyphosate) especially right before harvesting, in order to dry it out. Organic wheat is best if you must eat it.
- Wheat drives neurological problems like headaches, brain fog, inability to concentrate, gait problems (gluten ataxia) and other symptoms.
- Wheat is part of the obesity epidemic in the general population and children in particular. Wheat is hidden in all processed foods and adds to the sugar content of these foods. If you want to lose weight, stop eating wheat and the weight will fly off naturally.
Even in my pre real food days I knew that macaroni was simply empty calories. Here is a substitute that has a great nutritional profile and the satisfying texture of pasta.
Nutrition Profile of Zucchini
Zucchini is a good source of Vitamin A, thiamin, niacin, phosphorus and copper, and a very good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, riboflavin, Vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, potassium and manganese. The omega 3 to 6 ratio is almost 2 to 1, which is excellent.
- 2 medium zucchini
- 2 Tbsp roasted sesame oil
- 4 clove garlic minced
- Chives or parsley for garnish
- Peel the zucchinni and cut off the ends – or, you can leave the skin on
- If the zucchini is very large you may want to de-seed it
- Cut into chunks and follow the directions for the spiralizer for the thinnest strands
- When you have all the zucchini prepared, heat a fry pan to medium
- Add the sesame oil until warm
- Saute the zucchini for just 2-3 minutes until just soft – you want to have a crunch
- Add the garlic at the last minute
- Garnish and serve immediately
- This can be refrigerated