Education / Inspiration
by Crystal Chun
I love eating good food, especially the kind of food that is usually the worst for my body. Oh, the delicious options here in Hawaii – both at restaurants and to make at home. For example, I love cooking with pasta! Who doesn’t? You can top it with some sauce, some veggies and maybe even some chicken or shrimp. Pasta is extremely versatile and there are so many different types; it’s a great resource while cooking.
Though pasta is so great and delicious, it is a starch and in big amounts isn’t too good for your body or your kids. Lately, I have been using some awesome alternatives that I have found just as delicious as pasta, but without the over-full feeling.
One awesome alternative to pasta is zucchini! Who would have thought that the delicious green squash would be used as pasta? The only thing you will need to prepare your zucchini-pasta is a spaghetti maker to insert your zucchini into. This amazingly delicious substitute will stun you!
Another mind-blowing alternative to pasta is quinoa, the small pasta-like ancient grain has been a pasta alternative for years. It is full of protein and can be made into many different and delicious dishes. It is easy to cook and also very easy to cook with.
Last, but not least, is my favorite alternative to pasta: the spaghetti squash. This strange looking squash looks kind of like an oval, yellow pumpkin. The trick is to cut the squash in half and bake in the oven for about 40 minutes at 400 degrees fahrenheit, that way you can scrape out the inside of the squash and use as pasta. Cover it in a sauce, top it off with some veggies and meats, and enjoy! It is by far one of my favorite things to eat, and one squash makes plenty of “noodles.”
Cooking with these pasta alternatives can be so fun and it also a lot better for you and your family’s bodies. Feeding your body good nutrition is very important, you’ve only got one body so you might as well take good care of it! These are a great way to get your children to eat more veggies and less starch.