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Old 11-03-2014, 03:58 PM   #1
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Making Wheat Noodles savory?

Being diabetic (2), I no longer can eat regular pasta. I'm trying to get used to the wheat pastas available, but compared to regular noodles, it has a fairly strong flavor.

Does anyone have favorite sauce ideas that will make wheat noodles more palatable?
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Old 11-03-2014, 04:07 PM   #2
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Being diabetic (2), I no longer can eat regular pasta. I'm trying to get used to the wheat pastas available, but compared to regular noodles, it has a fairly strong flavor.

Does anyone have favorite sauce ideas that will make wheat noodles more palatable?
Z, I'm confused. Regular pasta is wheat based.
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Old 11-03-2014, 04:37 PM   #3
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Z, you mean whole wheat pasta, right?

It's not true that you can no longer eat regular pasta; it has the same carb value as whole wheat, but WW pasta has additional nutrients that are removed from white pasta. You just need to account for the amount of simple carbs you're getting in a meal with white pasta by including lots of protein and veggies and have a proper portion size - 1/2 cup per serving. Most Americans have much more pasta in a serving than that.

Here's a great source of info for planning a healthy diet for a person with diabetes: http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/DM/PUB..._ez/index.aspx
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Jump to the good stuff: http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/DM/PUB...aspx#measuring
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Thanks, GG.

Yes, Andy. The whole wheat pasta is good for Diabetes 2, but wheat flour is just flour.
It's a PITA.

I thought you have diabetes as well.
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:42 PM   #6
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I'm really having a bit of a tough time with the changes I have to make in my diet.

It seems that my diabetic foot pain is actually a benefit. If it is too much carbohydrate, my feet will start up with the pain, twitching, etc., etc.

So... I change my diet to exclude that food.

I'm trying to adjust to these changes. I loved egg noodles, but my body insists that they are no longer acceptable. The whole wheat substitute doesn't taste like egg noodles.

It sucks that I have to change my favorite flavors just to keep my feet from attaking me.

It seems that with a little work, I could end up preferring the wheat flavor.
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:59 PM   #7
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I'm really having a bit of a tough time with the changes I have to make in my diet.
I can relate completely to what you're going through. I just got the diagnosis myself a month ago. The thing that gets me is that I'm relatively active and eat healthy. I'm a little overweight - maybe 40 pounds. But both my parents had it, so I have the genes against me.

I've started by divorcing a few of my favorite foods - namely rice and bread - because I feel like that's the only way I can keep it under control. If I'm only limited to a tiny amount of something, I'd rather not have it at all. Because having that tiny amount is likely to trigger cravings, followed by a binge. I used to eat rice at least once a day on average. After giving it up a few weeks back, I find I don't think about it and don't miss it all that much.

Now bread, on the other hand... well, let's just say I'm having a little harder time with that one.
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What about corn pasta? I bought some at Trader Joe's recently, expecting it to have a corn flavor, but I was disappointed that it just tasted like ordinary pasta to me.

If wheat is a problem maybe this would help?
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Thanks, Steve. Fortunately, I found that brown rice is delicious, especially cooked in turkey broth, or onion soup mix.

How do you manage to substitute whole what pasta? It just doesn't taste the same.

It seems that some of the dishes we could come up with might just be even more flavorful

What do you think?
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...I thought you have diabetes as well.

No, not yet, Z.
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