I could eat pasta every day, easily. I don’t though, because that’s a lot of carbohydrates. Granted, I also tend to eat more than the recommended serving size. If you’ve never measured out the recommended serving size for pasta and you want to feel sad today, go do it. It’s a brutal way to get in touch with reality.
In order to not eat pasta everyday for lunch and dinner, there’s always the option of eating vegetables that look and mostly taste like pasta—like black beans or zucchini shaved into spaghetti strands, thanks to the innovation world of substitute recipes. Here are 14 of my favorite carb-less pasta-like dishes.
I’m down with raw zucchini but some people might feel like they’re eating vegetables when they want pasta. If you cook them, the sauce really helps flavor the zucchini and you’ll forget you ever even wanted pasta.
3. Seaweed Wrap
Depending on your tortilla size, you can add a lot of unwanted calories and carbs to your meal. Nori, the toasted seaweed used in sushi rolls, is only 5 calories per sheet. Now you can spend those extra calories on something much more nutrient dense, like extra avocado spread.
Similar to tofu, shirataki noodles take on the flavors of the other ingredients, sauces especially. The possibilities are endless.
We’ve all heard about zoodles. You take a zucchini and you use a spiralizer and boom, you have zucchini noodles. You can also use carrots or yellow squash. In my humble opinion, all you really need is your veggie of choice and a good spaghetti sauce.
Sometimes all you want is something to crunch on. I get that. Why not try and munch on something healthier than fried potatoes?
I used to think my favorite chickpea creation was hummus. Now, I’m not so sure.
8. Black Bean Pasta
#SpoonTip: Do not overcook this pasta because it will become mushy.
#SpoonTip2: When cooked perfectly, you have no idea you’re eating beans.
9. Brown Rice Pasta
Yet another pasta alternative that tastes just like the real thing. I usually throw oil, garlic, tomatoes and mozzarella in with this pasta and you actually can’t tell the difference.
10. Brown Rice and Quinoa Pasta
Shouts to Trader Joe’s for introducing this into my life. It’s a little more chewy than regular pasta, but when you cook it al dente that doesn’t matter.
This is the definition of guilt-free pizza. You’re basically eating vegetables with cheese and more vegetables, so there’s really nothing to feel guilty about.
Carb-free pizza take 2.
Follow this recipe for a great fried-rice base, and then do whatever you need to make it your own. You can also experiment with the grating size when you grate your cauliflower. Take place in the little things: I find it super satisfying to watch my mountain of “rice” build up as I grate.
Potential cheese overload but I couldn’t just exclude it. Inclusivity is important in maintaining friendships.