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  • Writer's pictureWayne Drury

With Damndiabetes Continue to Love Italian

Low-carb and no-carb pasta to satisfy your love for Italian.

One of the biggest frustrations when I learned I had Type 2 diabetes was discovering that pasta had a huge impact on my blood glucose reading.  Eating a small plate of pasta covered in my favourite tomato sauce would drive my glucose reading to a dangerous 15.0 (270).

Goodbye pasta, and with that began my challenge to find alternatives that would allow me to continue to love Italian.  Here are some of the alternatives that allow me to eat the food that most of us love – Italian.  

Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles):  Zucchini noodles, or zoodles, are a popular low-carb pasta alternative made from spiralized zucchini. They are easy to make using a spiralizer or a julienne peeler. Zoodles have a mild flavour that pairs well with various sauces and toppings. They are also rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Spaghetti Squash:   Spaghetti squash is another delicious low-carb alternative to traditional pasta. When cooked, the flesh of the squash naturally forms spaghetti-like strands that can be scraped out with a fork. Spaghetti squash has a slightly sweet flavour and works well with various sauces, such as marinara, pesto, or alfredo.

Shirataki Noodles:  Shirataki noodles, also known as konjac noodles, are made from the konjac yam plant. They are very low in carbs and calories, making them popular for low-carb diets. Shirataki noodles have a gelatinous texture and are typically packaged in water. Rinse them well before using them and cook them briefly to remove any residual odour. They work well in Asian stir-fries, soups, and pasta dishes.

Eggplant or Portobello Mushroom Slices:  For a heartier pasta alternative, consider using slices of eggplant or portobello mushrooms as your "noodles." Both eggplant and portobello mushrooms have a meaty texture that can stand up to sauces and baking. Slice them thinly, roast or grill them until tender, and use them as a base for your favourite pasta toppings.

Cauliflower Rice or Cauliflower Gnocchi:  Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable that can be transformed into low-carb pasta alternatives. You can either use cauliflower rice as a base for a pasta dish or make cauliflower gnocchi for a more dumpling-like experience. Both options are low in carbs and can be seasoned and cooked to mimic traditional pasta textures.

Bonus Suggestion: I found spaghetti made with cornmeal on a recent trip to a warm place.  It was wonderful, but I have not found it here at home in Vancouver.  I keep looking.  

The End

These low-carb pasta alternatives provide a range of flavours and textures to keep your meals interesting while supporting your dietary preferences. Experiment with different recipes and ingredients to find your favourite combinations!

With the above suggestions, you can continue to love Italian.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at Damndiabetes

Please remember to check with your healthcare professional before making any dietary changes.

Best wishes from us all ... 

Vancouver, Canada

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