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Why You’ll Love Organic Edamame Spaghetti
Pasta comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors, but it’s never looked quite like this before. Each 7.05 oz. bag of Explore Cuisine Organic Black Bean Pasta is full of spaghetti-shaped noodles that have a gorgeous dark hue, which looks stunning on a dinner plate (especially when topped with roasted vegetables and sauce). However, with this quality organic product, you can rest assured the only thing that’s dark and mysterious about this pasta is its color.
That’s because Explore Cuisine makes these specialty gluten-free noodles with just black beans and a little water, so there’s no unidentifiable chemicals or additives lurking inside. Instead, these perfectly al dente strands are packed full of nutrients: Each low-carb, low-fat serving offers 25 grams of protein, 12 grams of dietary fiber, 13 percent of the daily recommended value of calcium and 36 percent of the daily value of iron. That’s enough to make anyone come to the dark side.
The certified organic difference
Explore Cuisine uses only 100 percent certified organic black beans, which gives this pasta its unusual color and its nutritional value. Black beans are full of fiber and protein, two essential components of any balanced diet—but especially for vegans and vegetarians.
Eating organic foods is important because it helps to keep harmful chemicals out of the foods you put on your plate and also preserves the environment at the same time. Almost any product can claim to be organic, but the only way to be sure is to look for the official seal issued by the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA only offers verification for products that pass their thorough review process, which regulates how ingredients are produced and requires regular audits to ensure the certification is upheld.
Certified organic products eliminate the usage of insecticides and other harmful chemicals and prohibit any GMO-based ingredients in the manufacturing process, ensuring that you get the highest quality product every time.
The hidden power of the black bean
Black beans aren’t just for filling burritos and making burgers anymore. Getting a hearty dose of the powerful legume in products like Explore Cuisine Organic Black Bean Pasta provides a creative way to get more of the nutrients your body needs for optimal function. Here are just a few of the ways the extra fiber, iron, and protein support development:
- Bone strength: Black beans contain calcium, manganese, copper, zinc, phosphorus, and magnesium, all essential minerals for strengthening bones and enhancing the body's ability to grow. Phosphorus and calcium are two of the most discussed as they play a key role in developing bone structure, while iron and zinc work to maintain structural strength and boost elasticity.
- Heart health: If you're looking for a heart healthy choice at your next meal, black beans are the way to go. Filled with potassium, folate, vitamin B6, and fiber, the nutrients in these healthy beans can help lower blood cholesterol and prevent the buildup of homocysteine, a compound that accumulates in the body and eventually begins to damage blood vessels, which can lead to a number of heart issues.
- Weight loss: One of the most desirous properties of black beans is their role in weight loss. The incredible amounts of fiber in each serving of Explore Cuisine Organic Black Bean Pasta (nearly 50 percent the daily recommended value!) helps to regulate the digestive system, leading to more regularity and providing a feeling of being full for a long period of time after eating them. That means less cravings and snacking between meals. Plants are a great way of obtaining fiber, but they’re also a great way of gaining protein without consuming the fats often associated with other meats. With an incredibly low-calorie count, it’s easy to see the value black beans have in regulating and losing weight.
Black bean pasta is kid-approved
Kids love when you switch things up at the dinner table, especially when it involves fun-colored foods. Lay down a plate of this spaghetti in front of your child and watch their amazement as they try to figure out what they’re eating. The deep purple hue of Explore Cuisine Organic Black Bean Pasta will be more than enough to pique their interest, and once they taste it, there will be no going back. Not only will they find it enjoyable to eat, but you can take comfort in knowing the high nutritional value in each serving that provides their growing bodies with everything they need.
An alternative for gluten-free eaters
If you are one of the many people with Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, you know that eating traditional pasta is a problem. Fortunately, Explore Cuisine Organic Black Bean Pasta is completely free of wheat and gluten, meaning you can start to enjoy your favorite dishes again. Although this black bean pasta tastes great with traditional marinara sauce, below are some further ideas for creative toppers.
Recipes using Explore Cuisine Organic Black Bean Pasta
Here are just a few ways to explore Asian cuisine with these tasty noodles:
Black bean pasta doesn’t have to be reserved just for Italian-style dishes. Make a curry noodle bowl with this healthy recipe that starts with a base of coconut milk, red curry paste, fish sauce, honey, and garlic; then throw in string beans, broccoli, bok choy, and a bag of Explore Cuisine spaghetti for a satisfying, high-fiber meal with a kick.
Traditional Korean noodle stir-fry gets Paleo-fied by subbing out the rice noodles. Though this recipe calls for kelp noodles, you can also use black bean pasta for another tasty result. Cook according to the instructions on the package, and then add in carrots, red peppers, mushrooms, onion, spinach, and a few oils and seasoning for a dinner that looks as good as it tastes.
Though this recipe gets inspired by using a spiralizer to create cucumber noodles, you can save yourself an extra step by opting for Explore Cuisine Organic Black Bean Pasta instead. The final dish will have added taste and more plated flair, especially when you add in the marinated shrimp, quick pickled carrots and cabbage, and a decadent sauce made from coconut sugar, coconut vinegar, garlic, lime juice, and fish sauce.