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The future of Pasta - The Ultimate Chickpea Summer Pasta Salad Recipe

by Marine Le Sager December 04, 2019

Pulse Pasta: Gluten-Free and Low Carb Pasta

Pulse Pasta: Gluten-Free & Low Carb Pasta

If you are looking to add more protein to your daily diet and increase your daily intake of this important and essential macronutrient, then this topic will interest you!

Physical activity and exercise mean that we have to improve our diet and, above all, eat a lot of protein to make our muscles recover from the effort. If you're tired of eating the same old source of proteins like tofu and black beans, don't worry, you will find great alternatives in this blog post.

Pulse pasta and legumes pasta are excellent complements to our daily diet. Thanks to them, you can easily eat a high-quality plant-based protein amount.

What you need to know about Pulse Pasta

What you need to know about Pulse Pasta

They are kinds of pasta made from legume flour instead of regular wheat flour. Some example you can find on the market are:

  • Red lentils pasta
  • Quinoa pasta
  • Chickpea pasta
  • Black beans pasta
  • Green peas pasta, etc. 

The main base is usually leguminous plants and may also contain traces of vegetables, which gives them a richer flavor or even fun colors, such as those containing beets that take a pink shade.

You can easily find this ingredient in your local organic store, which is such good news for our gluten-intolerants buddies. Nowadays, these pulse pasta is more and more available, you can even find it at the grocery store like Walmart. 

Improve Digestion

Improve Digestion System

Unlike the traditional pasta that comes entirely from refined wheat flour, pulse pasta is a much more wholemeal food. Most of the wheat pasta are containing lots of additives to give them a more solid consistency.

Pulses and legumes pasta does not need any additives because the firmness is given naturally by its whole ingredients and contains no refined ingredients make it a fairly complete food, functional and healthy. 

High Protein Pasta

It is probably the best feature this ingredient has.

This high protein pasta contains, in a portion of 100grams, around 24 to 25 grams of plant-based protein although this value may vary regarding the brand and the ingredients it contains. On the other side, the traditional wholewheat pasta provides 5.3 grams of protein per 100 grams.

By adding vegetables and other foods, you can simply prepare a very nutritious and vegan dish. Vote for high protein pasta !!

Low carb Pasta

Scientific studies have shown that pulse pasta has a lower glycemic index than the wheat pasta.

The chickpea pasta could be a great nutritious and healthy alternative for people with diabetes and low-calorie requirements. If you also have stomach issues because of gluten, be sure to check those gluten-free pasta.

High Fiber Pasta

Unlike the refined flour pasta, which much more consumed and low in fiber, pulse pasta can help us improving our digestion due to the high-quality amount of fiber it contains because they are made out of leguminous plants.

The Ultimate Summer Pasta Salad

The Ultimate Summer Chickpea Pasta Salad

In addition to all the benefits and nutrients they have, pulse pasta taste also delicious! Let me share with you my secret ultimate summer pasta recipe full of raw veggies. So fresh and healthy, it will directly take you to an old (or actual) sunny day at the beach.

Serving size: 1 to 2 people

Preparation time: 15min

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 1 cup of uncooked chickpea pasta
  • 1 cup of arugula salad
  • A medium cucumber, sliced
  • 6 to 8 dried tomatoes (without oil)
  • 8 to 10 Kamalata olives, stoned
  • Half of a raw green or yellow zucchini, sliced
  • ¼ of red onion, sliced (optional, depending on the possibility of having a date later)

For the dressing

  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar or tamari sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of tahini (white is better)
  • A pinch of Italian seasoning
  • A pinch of cumin
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of pepper

For the topping: 

  • Pine or walnuts
  • Pink radish 
  • Hemp seeds

Instructions

  1. Bring the water to a boil for your pasta.
  2. While it's getting hot, cut your veggies: the cucumber, the zucchini, the olives, and the onion. 
  3. Now that we water is boiling, cook the pasta according to the instructions on the pack.
  4. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the dressing. In a glass, put all the ingredients and stir with a fork. You can add more water if you want the sauce to be more liquid, or you can add more tahini if you want it thicker.
  5. Drain the pasta and assemble. In a large bowl, put your salad, pasta, veggies, and dressing together. Stir well so the sauce can be well mixed with all the ingredients. 
  6. You can directly add the topping to the bowl and serve on the plate, or you can serve the salad first and top it with the radish, hemp seeds, and nuts.

Close your eyes, take a bit of the high protein pasta salad and travel to a nice beach in Italy or Greece! 

Be trendy and add these pastas to your diet! Please, feel free to share what you thought in the comments below!

Discover more articles on fitness & vegan lifestyle, as well as our delicious recipes by exploring our Birdman Blog.

 

Get Falcon Protein

Source: 

  1. Díaz, P. O., Acevedo, E. A., Vinalay, M. M., Tovar, J., & Pérez, L. A. B. (2008). Pasta adicionada con harina de garbanzo: composición química, digestibilidad in vitro del almidón y predicción del índice glucémico. Ciencia y tecnología alimentaria: Revista de la Asociación de Licenciados en Ciencia y Tecnología de los Alimentos de Galicia6(1), 6-12.



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