Kitchen Experiments – Mung Bean Pasta

Mung Bean Fettucine….have you tried it yet?  Anita found it at Earthlight Natural Foods here in Stroudsburg and thought it would be perfect for our new Alcat food plan.  Gluten-free and made with mung beans and water!

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They have more protein than carbohydrate per serving and the texture is great! I decided to use them today to make a quick lunch for my friend and I.  It was carrot day, as well as tahini and almond butter.  So, I sauteed some carrots and made a tahini-almond sauce and ….

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Viola!  Lunch!  If you haven’t tried this pasta – I highly recommend that you give them a try.  They are delicious and hold up well with a light or heavy sauce and are great as left overs. Enjoy!

Kitchen Experiments – Millet Ravioli

So, I got thinking. What else can I do with Ricotta cheese?  Pasta sounds good!  Raviolis sound great!  But this is my milet day in my 4 day rotation.  Is it possible to make gluten-free pasta with millet and without eggs?  This is not my egg day, that was yesterday. Thank goodness for Google!  Well, I wasn’t lucky enough to find millet pasta but I did find gluten-free pasta made without eggs, so into the kitchen I went.  I took my millet and ground it into flour and added the other ingredients – arrowroot flour, xanthan gum, salt, butter, water – not much to it.

I do not have a pasta machine, so I had to roll them out by hand.  It was not difficult, but I can already tell that I will do better next time.  Here is what they look like before I baked them. Yes, I decided to not chance it by putting them in boiling water, so they are going to be crispy ravioli topped with butternut squash, sage, ghee and walnuts.  You will have to stop back to see the end results!

before ravioliThey look pretty good so we will see how they taste!

Kitchen Experiments – Oat Pumpkin Seed Crackers

I am having fun in the kitchen once again.  The ALCAT food plan has kept us on a limited diet so I keep trying to think of new things to do with the same foods.  Here is a photo of my oat crackers!

oat crackersDon’t they look almost perfect!  I was impressed with myself until I tasted them.  The flavor is great – oats and pumkin seeds – but they are a little too crumbly.  Next time I make them I will be sure to add the xanthan gum to help hold them together!