Black bean spaghetti? What next? I know it sounds a bit weird, but it’s true! I made this delicious pasta dish with spaghetti made from only two ingredients: organic black beans and water. I saw this package of Organic Black Bean Spaghetti by the brand Explore Asian sitting on the shelves of my local Whole Foods. When I read its nutritional profile on the back of the package, I was sold. Each 2 ounce serving has about 180 calories, 2 grams of fat, 4 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 12 grams of dietary fibers, and 25 grams of protein. Even more impressive is the fact that each serving supplies 36% of your iron and 13% of your daily calcium requirements. Furthermore, it is gluten-free, vegan, Kosher Parve, and USDA Certified Organic, and is healthy, versatile and simple to prepare. Why not give it a try? It could become your new staple food.
I found this simple recipe for Black Bean Spaghetti With Peppers on the back of the package. It’s amazing how many wonderful recipes can be found on the back of your food packages! This dish is meant to be served cold, and I think it would make a great side dish at a luncheon or summer barbecue, or simply to keep in your refrigerator as a quick, healthy snack. The dressing for this dish does contain olive oil (I would consider trying sesame oil next time), so it is not completely fat-free; however, the amount of oil used is for the entire package of spaghetti, and much of the dressing falls to the bottom of the bowl after mixing. I was totally fine with it, but you may opt to concoct some type of fat-free dressing of your own.
These are the only ingredients you will need…
First, you will have to prepare the black bean spaghetti (which takes only 6-8 minutes), run it under cold water when finished and set aside.
ORGANIC BLACK BEAN SPAGHETTI WITH PEPPERS
1 Package of Explore Asian Black Bean Spaghetti
3 bell peppers of different colors
1/2 cup of finely chopped scallions (or spring onions)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Garlic, salt and pepper, to taste
Cook the spaghetti by boiling 8 cups of water. Add spaghetti to the boiling water, then simmer gently for 6-8 minutes until cooked through. Immediately rinse under cold running water and set aside.
Cut the peppers into thin strips and add to the finely chopped scallions.
Mix the sauce ingredients together in a separate bowl: the olive oil, the white wine vinegar and the balsamic vinegar.
Mix all of the ingredients together with the pasta and season, to taste, with the garlic, salt and pepper.