5 Ways to Get Your Noodles Without the Wheat


Colored noodles, unexpected noodles, original noodles. Something to tease the taste buds into the new.

Just when you thought the pale varieties or the whole grain varieties of wheat noodles were the only noodles in the world and without them, you were on a desert with no noodles. Welcome to the wonderful world of Explore-Asian Authentic Cuisine.

The noodle has a long history in Asia and has been made from rice and beans for thousands of years, because traditionally, Asia did not grow wheat.

On the website, you can order:
1. The award-winning Organic Black Bean Spaghetti. Yes, readers, black spaghetti, tasty as can be. You can make it Italian, with mussels and red sauce or you can make it Asian with a Thai curry sauce.
2. Pad Thai Noodles made from Rice

3. Red Rice Noodles, elbows for making mac and cheese

4. Edamame and Mung Bean Fettucine

5.  Adzuki Bean Spaghetti, made from the red bean beloved in Japan

These noodles pack a nutrition powerhouse for added protein for the dysphagia patient, and are clean eating to the max. They mix well with a variety of sauces. Substitute these in any of the recipes from the Guidebook. Be fearless when tasting.

For the Puree

Cook according to package directions, add additional frozen vegetables or protein. Add flavorings as desired. A shot of lower sodium soy sauce, a shot of Asian sesame oil, going light as the flavor is intense.

On top, before the puree, add a sprinkle of toasted nori, the sea vegetable loaded with minerals. Yes, the Japanese are healthy because their diet is rich in minerals that come from sea vegetable.Yes, the American diet is poor in minerals, and can use the added dose.

With veggies and protein, with broth, or maybe even a good Japanese dashi, give these noodles a pulse or three and a puree. Lo and behold! You have a balanced dish.

Check out the recipes on the website, but skip the mozzarella if you are making the Red Rice Elbows with Spicy Garlicky Tomato Sauce. Mozzarella is not a good choice for the dysphagia patient.

Swirl away!

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