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July 12, 2015

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Organic Bean Pastas

by Anne Paddock

What is it with guys and protein? If my husband sees or hears “25 mg of protein” his face lights up. And, it seems that whenever I have a discussion with someone about being a vegetarian who doesn’t eat dairy products, the topic of conversation immediately turns to an inquiry of where I get my protein – because people have been brainwashed to think the best source of protein is from animals when in fact, plant-based foods are an excellent source of protein.

So, when I walked into the house one day with a 7 ounce bag of Organic Black Bean Spaghetti by Explore Asian and casually mentioned the contents contained 100 grams of protein, all jaws dropped and the conversation came to a halt with immediate inquiries: How can pasta contain that much protein? Good question. The answer: black beans. Seems that beans are full of protein and a rich source of iron and fiber but the word hasn’t been spread far and wide. Although the meat and dairy industry would probably like to keep that information under wraps, it’s hard to keep a good thing quiet, especially one that is nutritionally strong, better for the environment, and just happens to taste phenomenal.Black_Bean_Spaghetti

To make black bean spaghetti, Explore Asian grinds dried black beans into a flour and then adds water to make the mixture soft enough to go through a pasta machine before being dried, cut and packaged. With only two ingredients – organic black beans and water – Organic Black Bean Spaghetti has the great taste and texture of pasta but with all the nutritional benefits of beans. Each 2 ounce serving of pasta has less than 200 calories, 2 grams of fat, virtually no sodium, 12 grams of dietary fiber, 5 grams of sugar, and 25 grams of protein. Betcha never had a powerhouse pasta that tasted this good.Explore_Asian_Pasta

The company also makes three other bean spaghetti products with similar nutritional benefits: Edamame Spaghetti, Adzuki Bean Spaghetti, and Soybean Spaghetti and one fettuccine product: Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine. All are certified organic, gluten-free, vegan, and kosher.Cooked_Black_Bean_Spaghetti

The pasta takes only 7-8 minutes to cook for al dente (or soak in water overnight) and use in place of any wheat pasta. Explore Asian bean pastas are available at grocery stores nationwide (see the company website for the retail locator) or purchase on-line through Explore Asian’s website (www.explore-asian.com), www.vitacost.com, or www.amazon.com. Each 7.05 ounce bag is about $4.

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  1. Nice, I can’t say I have ever used that type of pasta before, but definitely looks great. Might have to try this out…

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