Five Wholesome and Healthy Alternatives to Pasta

Five Wholesome and Healthy Alternatives to Pasta

It’s very easy to get stuck in a routine of pasta with almost every meal and it seems hard to replace.

If you are gluten free, looking to adopt healthier diet or simply bored of pasta, look no further. Here are 5 alternatives to pasta that you can team with almost any meal.

The list includes both alternative grains and fresh veggies to swap in.

1.      Freekeh

When you think about the ingredients that make up freekeh, it doesn’t sound all that appealing but it really does taste great.

Freekeh is unripe wheat which is parched and the roasted to burn off the husks. It has a smoky and nutty flavour and it mixes well with many spices.

It is popular in Middle Eastern cuisine and compliments both meat-based and vegetarian meals.

2.      Spaghetti Squash

Easy to cook, with a natural buttery texture, spaghetti squash bakes into noodle-like strands.

It can be used as a straight swap for regular spaghetti but it can also be teamed with other cuisines where pasta is less popular including Mexican and Indian food.

The delicious natural freshness of the squash adds more flavour to your meal than regular pasta.

3.      Bulgur Wheat

Made from the coarse grinding of wheat berries, bulgur wheat is packed full of protein and is a wonderful grain for mixing into salads and even using to make stuffing.

It’s most popular as an ingredient in Tabbouleh and while it has quite a coarse and chewy texture, it picks up the flavourings and spices you add to your food with ease.

4.      Buckwheat Noodles

Buckwheat noodles, popularly known as soba noodles, are popular in Japan and Japanese cuisine. They are low in calories and have less carbs than regular pasta.

You have to be careful with the buckwheat noodles you buy though, as those which are 100% buckwheat are a better choice than those including additional flours, preservatives and processed ingredients.

5.      Courgette Spaghetti

Courgette spaghetti began a revolution.  The reason that (apparently) every house has a spiralizer and a revelation for people looking to significantly cut carbs.

It’s a quick and easy alternative to any pasta in any recipe and it can even be enjoyed raw in a salad or as a side dish. 


The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

Comments

craig t.
28 September 2016

craig t.

I have just made myself a bulgar wheat tabbouleh for lunch. It tasted so much healthier than a sandwich, and I also have a portion left for tomorrow.

Mike D.
23 September 2016

Mike D.

I don't think I've ever seen spaghetti squash for sale anywhere. Is it similar to butternut squash?

Clare R.
23 September 2016

Clare R.

freekeh sounds freaky - but I need to keep an open mind so will look out for it. I'm afraid I love my lightly-fried courgettes too much to spiralise them!

Sasha B.
22 September 2016

Sasha B.

I read this as I sit and eat a bowl of pasta! Although I don't think anything beats pasta, I do like bulghar wheat mixed up with lots of salady things.

Tanya M.
21 September 2016

Tanya M.

I've never tried spaghetti squash so will give it a go. We love buckwheat noodles, they have so much more flavour than egg noodles.

Phillip H.
21 September 2016

Phillip H.

some new ones on me here - and welcome alternatives to, er, the heavily packaged quick noodles I have been using. Spaghetti squash looks quite handy, I'll give that a try.

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