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If you’ve ditched gluten from your diet, traditional pasta is generally off the menu (while gluten-free versions can often taste as dull as the cardboard packaging they came in). Time to take a different approach…
Instead of store-bought substitutes, we prefer to stick with natural swaps. Think lasagne made with eggplant sheets, pancetta in place of cannelloni and even gluten-free gnocchi. These six alternatives are so healthy and tasty we reckon even Nonna would approve.
1. Dump noodles for… zoodles.
Is there anything zucchini can’t do? We’ve hidden it in cakes, chucked it in the slow cooker and now we’re making it into noodles or zoodles. These are super simple with a grater or spiralizer and cook in about a minute. Hot tip: carrots work pretty well, too!
Check out this amazing recipe for zucchini noodles with tahini lime sauce and avocado. These zoodles are free of saturated fats and cholesterol so they won’t spike your blood sugar levels.
2. Ditch spaghetti for… spaghetti squash.
This truly is nature’s spaghetti. This mild-tasting squash has teeny fibrous strands which closely resemble angel’s hair pasta when cooked. Serve it with a rich ragù and it will soak up all those flavours nicely.
Here’s a delicious recipe for roasted spaghetti squash. It’s rich in nutrients like fiber, potassium and vitamin C, which promote healthy digestion and strengthen your immune system.
3. Jilt mac ‘n’ cheese for… mac ‘n’ quinoa.
Just think of it as mac ‘n’ cheese without the heavy, bloated after-effects. You can prepare mac ‘n’ quinoa using goat cheese as it is easier to digest, like goat milk. Then, stir in a cup of fluffy cooked quinoa, adding your favourite vegetables and maybe some jalapenos to spice things up.
If you prefer to stay away from cheese altogether, this mouth-watering quinoa quiche recipe is another gluten-free, dairy-free alternative.
4. Leave lasagna sheets for… eggplant.
We know this is moussaka. No one complains when a warm, melty slice of moussaka lands in front of them in at the dinner table.
5. Drop cannelloni for… pancetta.
Picture your favourite cannelloni filling all warm and snuggly in a rolled pancetta blanket.
6. Reject ravioli for… gnocchi
Who can resist these little pillows of potatoes goodness? You can make your own gluten-free version with rice or potato flour. Try frying them in brown butter, adding fresh herbs and parmesan to the mix or even sub in sweet potato.