Vegetarian Pad Thai With Zoodles
The good news is that Pasta has a GI of 41 which is similar to pears and lower than many types of bread. And one easy way to lower the GI of pasta is to cook it like the Italians - "al dente". Most pasta today is made from semolina flour obtained from durum wheat. This creates a firm dough which in turn also lowers the GI while also providing a good source of nutrition. Homemade and dried pasta contain plenty of B vitamins folic acid and iron. It s low in sodium and despite a prevalent myth pasta is not high in cholesterol even though it is usually made with eggs. It was once thought that egg consumption needed to be drastically reduced due to their high cholesterol content but subsequent research has shown eggs are quite healthy in moderation and greatly contribute to the health benefits of pasta.
Family time in the kitchen is always a great way to get everybody together to enjoy the rewards of cooking a great meal together. What is Involved? It all begins with the dough. The dough recipes are easy to make with simple ingredients. Most consist of flour eggs and oil. There are thousands of recipes with different types of flour semolina wheat and all-purpose. The trick is to learn create the right dough consistency and master the kneading technique. Once you have done that you have most of the work done. The only thing left is putting your dough through a pasta machine for the finished product before cooking. Please don t imagine though that any pasta roller machine will do. After all the effort you put into making great dough don t make the mistake of ruining your outcome of perfect pasta by buying inferior equipment to make the dough shapes.
When you walk down the pasta aisle in the market how do you choose which pasta to buy and which to use for what purpose? There are flat pastas round pastas hollow pastas and twisted pastas. There is pasta that is made to look like rice (Italian orzo) and pasta that resembles gnocchi (potato dumplings). There are shells and tubes and then there is pasta that is made into shapes to fit the season. Do you want to serve your pasta with tomato sauce Alfredo Sauce (cream sauce) primavera (with lightly grilled spring vegetables? Do you want stuffed pasta and if so what do you stuff it with? Do you want pasta that is made from semolina ordinary flour or gluten free such as corn or rice pasta? Do you want squid ink pasta spinach pasta or tomato pasta or just plain pasta? The more you learn about pasta the more there is to know and the more bewildered you can get. The best quality pasta is made from semolina (hard durum wheat) and eggs with maybe a little salt and some olive oil thrown in.