Everybody likes lasagna. Even Garfield. Cheese, tomato sauce, Italian herbs, cheese, noodles and did I mention cheese?.? Lasagna is amazing because it’s easy to make, can be made ahead of time, it’s great for a crowd (or as leftovers) and it’s DELICIOUS.
I recently stumbled upon these Delallo Whole Wheat Lasagna noodles. Not only are they nutritious (5 g of fiber vs. 2 g in white lasagna noodles), they are sturdy enough to hold their shape once cooked but not gummy like some whole wheat pasta can be. They have 2 ingredients: whole wheat and water. And BONUS: they are oven-ready, which means you don’t have to boil them before you build your lasagna.
Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of very tasty noodle-less lasagna recipes but, I ♥ carbs. I need carbs. In fact, we ALL do. But, it is important to choose nutritious carbs, most of the time.
So, why choose 100% whole wheat over traditional white pasta? To make a long story short…white flour undergoes a process that removes it’s outer bran layer. The bran layer is where most of the fiber and important nutrients live. So, when that layer is removed, the nutrients are too.
Well, that fiber and those nutrients (including, but not limited to B vitamins) are really important. Fiber helps regulate your blood sugar, prevents constipation and keeps you fuller longer. And B vitamins help maintain a healthy metabolism, immune and nervous system and maintain healthy skin, hair and muscles.
When I make pasta at home (which is usually about 1 time a week), I always upgrade to 100% whole grain noodles. My kids really don’t know any different and they gobble it up every time. And, I honestly prefer the nutty flavor and added texture you get from whole grains (which by the way, has improved SIGNIFICANTLY since first becoming commercially available).
Moral of the story: Make lasagna with THESE delicious whole wheat noodles and you’ll live forever! Just kidding. But you will have an excuse to eat more lasagna.
P.S. Delallo actually sells more varities of delicious whole wheat pasta than any other widely available brand I’ve seen. Check ’em out HERE.
Where to buy: Health food stores or on Amazon HERE.