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15 Jul 2018, Comments (0)

Modern Table Lentil Pastas

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

HEY GUYS!

Sorry it’s been a while. I was working 70-80 hour work weeks for the past month and a half and didn’t have time to sit down to write a quality review…but I am back and I know you missed me! 🙂

So Modern Table sent me some yummy pastas to try. They are full of PROTEIN from red lentils and peas, which is something that is important to me. I am very active and at the gym 6x a week, so if I want a side with my lunch or dinner, I want it to have some type of protein component, to fill any gaps I might be missing with a busy lifestyle. They are complete proteins– you might ask what that is. Amino acids are building blocks of protein, and 9 of them your body CANNOT make and you must eat. The issue lies that protein from plant sources may not have all of the 9 essential amino acids (meat does), but since this pasta is a combination of lentil, pea and rice, together it has 9 essential amino acids. So this is another added bonus! This pasta seemed to be the perfect fit. In addition, they are GLUTEN FREE and NON-GMO certified, with no artificial preservatives.

As a warning, most of these have you cook the pasta about 6-8 minutes. It will be more al dente, so if you like it softer, I suggest cooking it longer. Also, I have yet to cook a batch where they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan, even with lowering the temperature. So be warned!

ALSO –> I also asked my friend for help to review these because she is more of a pasta fan than I am. So here is both of our takes on most of these:

First up, Classic Cheddar Mac & Cheese.

Well this was….delicious. A super Cheesy flavor, moreso on the salty side, and reminiscent of that classic blue box. The Lentil Noodles are just like normal flour type but slightly more al dente/firm
FRIEND FEEDBACK: she wrote,
I did like it a lot actually and I liked that it could be cooked al dente and wasn’t mushy like a lot of non-flour based pastas are. There was a bit of an aftertaste but I don’t remember what you said it was made of but way better than other lentil pastas I tried. I would probably buy it in the future so I could feel better about eating pasta
Her rating: 3.5. My rating: 4. So we shall give it… a 4.

 

 

Next up, the 3 cheese mac & cheese, penne style.

This one was also super delicious, and I actually liked the idea of penne mac and cheese versus elbow. The cheese flavor was “deeper” for lack of a better word, and less salty. I liked this one more than the classic cheddar, as it was smoother, more flavorful, and I think complimented my meals better.

 

Next up, Sundried Tomato Basil.

 

This one was yummy! Definitely a strong tomato and parmesan cheese flavor. I cooked mine al dente and preferred it that way, because it gave a nice bite. It was a little on the salty side, but still great flavor. I also detected a nice zing at the end– maybe lemon? Regardless…I am a fan. 4/5 stars.

 

Parmesan Pesto

Again, a yummy one! The pesto flavor was pretty strong but balanced well with parmesan, and I loved the baby peas and carrots that were intertwined. I let my friend try this one as well, who is a bigger pasta fan than I am, and she said she enjoyed it

 

I honestly have minimal complaints  with these pastas except they are  VERY carby! Around 60-70 carbs for one serving, which is actually a bit more than your traditional flour based pasta. However, keep in consideration they are lentil based, which are very carb rich to begin with, but have more fiber and a lower glycemic index, as well as more protein. So 10 or more carbs might be worth the trade-off!

I definitely suggest giving these a try, the meals were delicious and my entire family enjoyed them (no one knew it wasn’t wheat pasta!!), with additional benefit of protein & fiber.

 

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DISCLAIMER: I was sent these products to try for free. This is an unbiased review. All statements are my own and not intended to be medical advice.

Mac & Cheese! Normally I’m not a pasta person. Spaghetti? Ravioli? Nah, I’ll have rice or bread instead. But, Mac & Cheese has always really been my one exception. Something about the cheesy sauce and the tender noodles that I love!

Well, to add to my Mac & Cheese enjoyment, I had the opportunity to try Annie’s Homegrown Gluten Free Rice Pasta & Extra Cheesy Cheddar Sauce. Annie’s Homegrown generously sent me 2 boxes of this stuff, and I couldn’t have been happier. I especially like mac & cheese when it has the creamy cheese sauce rather than the cheese powder when I have to add milk & butter as well, I find the cheese sauce varieties to always be more tasty!

Some things to point out is that this pasta is gluten free, and is rice pasta. I never had a gluten free mac & cheese before, so this was certainly new for me. According to the front of the box, this product has “No Artificial Anything, 0g Trans Fat, A Naturally Good Source of Calcium & Protein”. Sounds good to me!

I looked at the nutrition information, and saw that this product was relatively low in fat, only 4 grams per serving prepared. I also noticed the sodium was a bit high, 680 mg per serving prepared, and this product also had 63 carbohydrates per 1 cup prepared! I know pasta has carbohydrates, but I felt this was higher than what I was used to.

So, I boiled the water and then added the pasta. I cooked it for about 10-11 minutes, but I prefer my pasta tender. After draining I noticed how long and tubular the noodles were! I liked how long they were- it was fun! 🙂

I stirred the cheese sauce in, and noticed how nicely it adhered to the noodles- a good sign. I don’t like when the noodles and cheese sauce to mix well, but that wasn’t the case here! The noodles & cheese sauce thickened up quite nicely as well. I put some on my plate and gave it a taste- not bad! It has a mild cheddar cheese taste, not too salty, either. The noodles were perfect, just the right amount of tenderness, and not chewy at all. My brother tried some, and he said it was “cheesy”, and seemed to enjoy it as well.

Overall, I give this pasta 4 stars. I do wish it tasted a bit more saltier, as I feel as if that would have brought out a stronger cheese flavor. I do like, however, how the pasta and cheese sauce thickened up so nicely, and how it was low in fat. I think this is a GREAT option for those who cannot have gluten, or for anyone, really! I couldn’t tell the difference between having rice pasta as compared to what I normally have, which is wheat/ whole wheat.

1 serving, about 1 cup prepared, is 320 calories, 4 grams of fat, 63 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar and 8 grams of protein.

Rice Pasta (white and brown rice flour), Cheddar Cheese (pasteurized milk, cheese culture, salt, non-animal enzymes), Cream, Whey, Skim Milk, Natural Butter and Cheese Flavor, Natural Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Lactic Acid, Sodium Alginate, Annatto Extract for Natural Color, Xanthan Gum.

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