I've been coming home and making salads/vegetables/fish dishes so much recently, which is all well and good. But I'm only human - and sometimes I'm going to want something a little more... comforting?
As a kid, my favourite meal that I would have quite happily have eaten everyday was tomato pasta with cheese. It's a classic (and undeniably delicious) but unfortunately - not so great nutrition wise.
Thank the Lord for this Rizopia brown rice pasta (100% organic AND gluten free) - which I was kindly sent by the friendly team on twitter.
This fresh pasta sauce is another world from the salt and sugar laden jarred kind you buy on the shelves; and I have to say, even tastier.
I like to serve mine up with a lightly steamed pea and rocket salad for extra colour and goodness.
This has the taste of indulgent Italian food with the amazing benefits of brown rice. You can't go wrong...
If I didn't believe in a product and truly think it was worth raving about - then I wouldn't be writing this right now.
But honestly - the Rizopia pasta is something else. In fact, I was completely blown away with how good it tastes in comparison to the sad gluten free pasta varieties that really just don't do Italian's justice.
The only ingredients it contains are brown rice and water - so you can munch away with the satisfaction of knowing there are no added artificial ingredients hiding away in each little fusilli twist.
So, what's so special about brown rice pasta?
I'll quickly break it down for you...
It's suitable for pretty much all diets (gluten, wheat, egg and dairy free). So, if you struggle to find decent pasta that contains none of these things - look no further.
It's an amazing complex carbohydrate that retains natural fibre, vitamins and minerals... Meaning it will keep you feeling satisfied and nourished throughout the rest of the day. If you're wanting to get your summer bod looking and feeling it's best - then this would be a great option! Because of the slow release of energy, your appetite will stay in control and your energy levels will soar.
It stabilises blood sugar levels as it has a low GI rating - so you won't be tempted to indulge on sugary snacks to give you a boost when you feel like a slump coming on.
It's also bursting with anti-oxidants, therefore aiding your natural ability to fight infections.
It doesn't require any special cooking either - simply give it a rinse before adding to a pan of boiling water for 10 minutes, like any other pasta. Great for those lazy days in the kitchen when you want something quick with out much effort!
Basically - if you're a fan of Italian food but want to be healthy then I strongly urge that you give this a go for yourself. I was most definitely not disappointed, and have been converted for life. Yup, I'm well and truly devoted to brown rice pasta... Not. Even. Ashamed.
This is really simple to make and I hope you enjoy!
To serve 2, you will need:
2 cups of Rizopia brown rice pasta
1tbsp coconut oil
1 red onion
1 garlic clove
1 tin of organic tomatoes
1/2 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp black pepper
Pinch of sea salt
1/4 tsp paprika
Nutritional yeast to sprinkle (goats cheese would work well too)
Fresh basil leaves (optional)
To go with:
2 cups of frozen garden peas
4 handfuls fresh rocket
Apple cider vinegar
Start by making the sauce. Simply heat up some coconut oil on a medium heat in a pan, chop the onion and sautee until tender. Finely chop the garlic clove, add in with onion and cook for a further minute.
Empty the tinned tomatoes in to the pan with the rosemary, black pepper, sea salt, paprika and basil. Let this simmer whilst you cook the pasta.
Simply rinse the pasta thoroughly, bring a pan of water to the boil and add the pasta in. Turn down the heat and let it cook for about 12 minutes.
By the time that's done, the sauce should be looking ready to go! Drain the pasta in colinder and return back to the pan. Stir in the sauce until all combined and put to the side whilst you prepare the green salad.
Simply steam the peas VERY lightly (I like my nice and crunchy - they taste so much more fresh and flavourful). Add to a bowl with the rocket and dress with the lemon, apple cider vinegar, olive oil and black pepper.
Serve up the pasta in a bowl with the nutritional yeast and fresh basil to garnish - if using.
What the fork are you waiting for? Dig in!