Green lentil pasta. Edamame pasta. Chickpea pasta. All organic and all delicious. Who knew pasta could be so yummy it needed no sauce at all? That’s what we agreed when we tried the chickpea spaghetti from Explore Cuisine. It was fun to see that the only ingredient in the edamame spaghetti is edamame. And interesting to note that each serving has 24 grams of protein and only 20 carbs. It has the springiest texture of the bunch. We only tried three but there are rice pastas and black bean pastas and more. We’re looking forward to sampling them all.
$4.99 per 8-ounce box. Available at Kroger, Sevananda, Rainbow Natural Foods, Fresh Market, Sprouts and on Amazon. explorecuisine.com
Clean pizza-pasta sauce
Stacey Schlaman of Madison, Alabama, was looking for ways to protect her children’s health through diet, wanting to serve them things that didn’t include gluten, grains, sugar, GMOs, starch, corn, soy, yeast, lactose, gums or artificial anything. When she didn’t consistently find what she needed, she started Liberated Specialty Foods and created a product line that includes ketchup and pizza-pasta sauce, baked goods such as cupcakes and waffles and snacks like cheese crackers and chips. We sampled the rich, thick pasta sauce (with our veggie pasta) and enjoyed the herb-forward flavor. We’re looking forward to trying it on their Paleo Pizza Crust.
$6.99 per 16-ounce jar. Available at Whole Foods Market, Earth Fare and coming soon to Sprouts. liberatedspecialtyfoods.com
Dreaming Cow Creamery near Thomasville raises its almost 2,000 cows on pasture and produces grass-fed milk and a line of rich cream-top yogurts in unique flavors like blueberry cardamom and dark cherry chai. They’ve recently introduced LUSH, a grass-fed yogurt drink. We tried the peach ginger flavor and loved that it’s made with carrot juice and pumpkin puree. And that it’s only lightly sweet (and sweetened with cane sugar). And that the yogurt is made right on the farm. A 12-ounce bottle is one serving and provides probiotics and the equivalent nutrients of one serving of vegetables.
$2.99 per 12-ounce bottle. LUSH is available now at Ingles stores and will be in Whole Foods Market and Sprouts later this spring. dreamingcow.com