I’ve been obsessed with many things over my lifetime, but one habit I’m not willing to kick is my new-found penchant for making Vietnamese Pho at home. Quite simply, the combination of richly flavoured broth, comforting noodles and spicy beef or chicken is just too good to resist. And now that I can make it myself, whenever a craving strikes – let’s just say that I *may* have found a new hobby.
Last night, we made it with frozen Kobe beef meatballs and copious amounts of Thai basil. Verdict? Heaven. However, if you look closely, there’s another Nu addition to my noodle bowl – namely, the noodles! Now what would you say if I told you that one suggested serving of NuPasta – which 210g, a full package! – is only 25 calories and gluten-free? It’s TRUE! NuPasta is an incredibly healthy alternative to traditional pasta dishes, and it couldn’t be easier to make.
But first, a lesson. NuPasta is made with the root of the konjac plant which is rich in dietary fibre and has no starch. The konjac plant grows on slopes 2000 to 4000 ft above sea level in Japan, Korea, and China, where it enjoys the habitat’s clean air and water. The edible part of the konjac plant is the root which resembles an oval shaped taro or yam potato.
Konjac foods are very common in Japan and its health benefits are well known; Japanese grocery stores typically have more varieties of konjac foods (called konnyaku) than our varieties of pasta. However, konjac foods are largely unknown in Canada because they look unfamiliar and can be very “crunchy” to bite…. until now. NuPasta has reformulated konjac root to look and taste like pasta! It’s quite possibly the perfect addition to soups (I won’t go back to regular rice noodles) and works well in almost any pasta dish, as it absorbs the rich flavours of your sauce and has a pleasant, al dente texture.
And preparation could not be more simple! All you really need to do is open the package, drain the noodles and serve. Toss it with your favourite sauce or stir-fry, or add it to hot broth for an instant comforting meal. We always have a package of NuPasta Fettuccine and Angel Hair on hand, and even the boys love it – in fact, they prefer the slightly crunchy texture of NuPasta and always ask for it with a spicy peanut chicken stir-fry. Of course, you know I’m partial to adding it to my beloved Pho.
NuPasta is available in Metro and select Sobey’s grocery stores across Canada, or you can purchase it online at nupasta.com. The suggested retail price is $3.79 per regular package and $4.19 for the organic offering (both are gluten free).
Adopting healthy eating habits doesn’t have to be expensive nor time consuming. I welcome you to try NuPasta – don’t forget to come back and tell me what you think!