Why Vegetable Noodles?
Vegetable noodles (or lasagna) are a delicious replacement for noodles (or lasagna) made with grains. The noodles can be bought ready-made as shirataki noodles, or found ready-made by nature, inside spaghetti squashes.
You can also make them using a spiralizer, which is often called a Spiral Vegetable Slicer. If you do not have one of these machines, you can use a Julienne peeler or a standard vegetable peeler. Veggie noodles are actually fun to make! You can see them being made on this Youtube video and also on this one (we have no affiliation with any of the brands or blogs mentioned).
You’ll end up with nutritious ‘ribbons’ of vegetables (vegetti), which you simply steam to cook, pile on a plate and smother with a scrumptious low-histamine sauce. Sauce recipes can be found in the book “Is Food Making You Sick?”
For vegetable lasagna, substitute thin layers of parsnip or zucchini for sheets of grain lasagna.
The Strictly Low Histamine Diet allows most grains, notably excluding wheat. Wheat germ is high in histamine. (Wheat bran, however, is permissible.) Vegetable pasta can, however, make an interesting alternative.
Low histamine vegetables suited to spiralizing include:
- Kholrabi (koloodles)
- Zucchini (zoodles)
- Carrot (coodles)
- Parsnip (poodles)
- Sweet Potato (swoodles)
- Turnip (toodles)
- Broccoli Stem (boodles – peel stem first)
- Asparagus (aspoodles)
Note: kelp noodles, radish noodles or pumpkin noodles should not be included in a low histamine diet.
There are several reasons why you might prefer to eat pasta that’s grain-free.
- People who follow the “Paleo” diet choose to avoid all grains, especially wheat.
- People who are sensitive to gluten must avoid grains that contain gluten, if they are to remain healthy.
- Eating non-grain pasta means consuming fewer calories – if you are trying to lose weight, this could help.
- Vegetable noodles are delicious and nutritious.
It’s strange but true – veggies taste better when they’re in a different shape! So give spiralizing a try, and you could find you’re enjoying vegetables a whole lot more.